New life for Lion Works

Story by Nelia Gea Cayuela | Photo by Graham Jones


A planning application has been submitted to Sheffield Council for Lion Works, opposite Tesco on Spital Hill. The proposal is to turn the building into 90 studios, with one bed apartments over five floors with communal bar and café areas.

The original factory site, known as Spital Hill works, was founded by John Sorby & Sons in the late 18th century to produce metal edge tools, such as sheep shears. Around 1900, a new structure was added to the complex along the street front on Spital Hill. This frontage, includes the shop premises at ground floor level. The main building was occupied by community projects, but has sadly been empty for a number of years and has become rather run down.The planning decision is due anytime soon. It is likely that this proposal for development will be adopted.

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