Sheffield’s Drop Dead Clothing planning to create apartments for family - including one for Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes

A Sheffield clothing company is hoping to convert the top floor of its store into apartments.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 12:57 pm

Drop Dead Clothing, based at Osborn Works on Rutland Road, has submitted plans to convert the upper level of the building into two apartments.

Oli Sykes who founded the company, would live in one apartment and the other would be for his parents and business directors Ian and Carol Sykes.

Architects Self say in the application: “The building has a number of functions and the ground floor is shared between Church: Temple of Fun, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant and the warehouse space for Drop Dead Clothing.

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“A small, first floor mezzanine serves Church and the main first floor is given over to offices and studio space for Drop Dead Clothing.

“The second floor is open plan storage space, this will be the area converted to living accommodation. The southwest facade faces Rutland Way and will provide the route to serve the accommodation.”

Drop Dead Clothing, founded in 2005, strives to create unique, high quality, limited menswear, womenswear and collectables.

The two apartments are only for occupation by the family and there are no plans for further conversions.

Osborn Works is a Grade II listed and was built just after the First World War. The historic hand and heart symbols and names of the Samuel Osborne & Company on the outside of the building won’t be affected.

The application adds: “Drop Dead Clothing is keen to maintain its working base in Sheffield, though other options have been considered in the past.

“Both the construction of the apartments and the legacy of the long term commitment to maintaining employment in Sheffield will therefore support local jobs and businesses.

“At the same time it will provide much needed residential space, contributing to the long-term sustainability of the city, local area, businesses and services, increasing activity, investment and employment.

“The construction of the development and its long-term use will generate an increased spend in local shops, hotels and other local businesses.”

Planning officers at the city council are considering the application, the details of which can be viewed online here