Old Coroner’s Court saved from being demolished

Development plans for the Old Coroners Court have been pulled after the public’s pleas to save the building.  The council has been working with the property developer and campaigners to discuss a better scheme for the area and as such, the application to demolish the building has been withdrawn.

The Old Coroner’s Court on Nursery Street was built in 1913 by architect FEP Edwards. It includes a court, mortuary, post morten rooms, viewing chapel, witness waiting area room and police accommodation with a yard and stabling. The building was damaged during the Second World War and was remodelled in the 1950s. It has since become a business centre.

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for development and transport said: “Sheffield’s heritage is unique, and plays a key role in the future economic success of our city. Heritage it should only be lost when there are overwhelming reasons to justify it. I’m pleased they’ve now taken our advice and are going to come back to discuss a better scheme that is more in keeping with our values as a city. We are looking forward to working with them on this. ”

CODA Studios managing director David Cross previously told Exposed Magazine: “The Old Coroner’s Court isn’t listed and it isn’t a conservation area, so in theory we can knock it down. We have made an application to this effect and we hope to submit a full new build planning application very soon. The new plans will respect the local vernacular and create a suitable building for this great riverside location.” The application has since been withdrawn.

Image credit: Ian S

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