Extra time for battle to save historic city works

Portland Works, Sharrow: Stuart Mitchell, knifemaker, in his workshop
Portland Works, Sharrow: Stuart Mitchell, knifemaker, in his workshop
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CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save historic mesters’ workshops in Sheffield have been given a further four months to find the funds to buy the building.

The Portland Works Campaign was launched by the local community in order to save the historically-significant Grade II*-listed building, on Randall Street, near Bramall Lane, which dates back to 1877.

The works was the first place in the world where stainless steel was produced and is home to highly skilled and creative tenants – small manufacturers, independent artists and craftspeople.

In April 2011, the campaign successfully blocked a planning application to convert the building from an industrial complex to apartments.

However, the current owners still wish to sell the building.

The campaign aims to raise £400,000 from offering shares, plus donations and loans – and originally had until the end of January in which to reach its target.

But only £150,000 has been raised. Now, the owner has extended the deadline until May.

Stuart Mitchell, whose family business has been making knives at the works since 1980, said: “I urge people to purchase shares or make any donations they can to preserve this iconic piece of our history.”

Derek Morton, chairman of Portland Works Campaign, said: “We now have time to appeal nationally to achieve our target.”

n For details about the share offer, visit www.portlandworks.co.uk