Historic Sheffield building could be transformed into venue space with Airbnb apartments

An historic building could be transformed into a venue space, craft studios and Airbnb style apartments.

Corporation Properties wants to convert and extend the Grade II listed Kingston Works between Malinda Street, Henry Street and Sudbury Street.

Kingston Works has been identified by Sheffield Council’s conservation team as being in its top 20 key buildings at risk because of its heritage and needing urgent repairs. The main building, fronting Malinda Street, was built around 1860.

The buildings used to house metals trades workshops, manufacturing files and cutlery, then it was adapted for use as a cafe and other workshops but these stopped around 20 years ago.

Artist's impression of Malinda Street

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The plan now is to use the ground floor as a main venue space for events and weddings arranged around the central courtyard.

The original cart entrance would become the main entrance, with the timber gates retained.

It would include a cafe, bar and restaurant which could be used as standalone as well as being part of the venue space.

The first floor would have artists' studio space and overspill venue space and the second and third floors would have en-suite guest accommodation, for use with the venue or as Airbnb style short term lets.

Axis Architecture says in a planning application: "The area was previously a mixture of industry and small scale densely packed housing for the workers who supported the metals trades and cutlery industry.

"It was occupied in the 19th century by little mesters, metals trades workshops, a mixture of industry and small scale densely packed residential areas for workers, until a fire in 1921 destroyed most of the buildings.

"The area has seen rapid change over recent years with the site now surrounded by new developments comprising apartments, student housing and office space.

"It has since seen a complete change in scale as a result of some major regeneration schemes, rapidly transforming its character."

Planning officers are considering the application, which can be viewed here

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