Sheffield Hilton hotel will replace run-down West Bar nick

West Bar police station - to be replaced by 120 bedroom Hilton hotel
West Bar police station - to be replaced by 120 bedroom Hilton hotel
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FIFTY full-time and part-time jobs are set to be created when a budget hotel opens on the site of Sheffield’s former West Bar police station next year.

Meanwhile, a new investor has stepped in to take over a neighbouring apartments and office complex two years after its original development company collapsed.

The old police station will be reopened as a 142-bedroom ‘Hampton by Hilton’, according to Sanguine Hospitality, which will manage the ‘economy’ hotel on behalf of the international chain.

A spokesman for the company said: “Work on site is expected to start in the next eight weeks. It should take 12 months to develop so scheduled opening is next spring.”

Meanwhile, Moorfield Group has paid a ‘multi-million pound’ figure to take over Velocity Village. The site will be run by North Yorkshire-based Newby Management.

Developed between 2004 and 2010, Velocity Village is a large mixed-use commercial and residential development located on Tenter Street, which includes 364 apartments and commercial office and retail space. There are more than 550 parking spaces.

Marc Gilbard, chief executive of Moorfield, said: “We are delighted to have acquired Velocity Village at this point in the real estate cycle, and with the partnership we have with Newby and the new, dedicated management team, we will be able to provide it with a new lease of life and allow the development to realise its full potential as a truly outstanding place to live and work.”

West Bar ‘nick’ opened in 1965 and became a landmark building - towering above the others in the city centre.

But over the years the building fell into disrepair and, despite it being an authentic vintage cop shop, even the producers of the BBC’s Life On Mars police series found it too dilapidated to be a filming location. The station closed in March 2011.

A planning application to remodel the building was approved in December.