The new ‘Church’ in Kelham Island

Osborn House

Story by Victor Mujakachi | Photo by Richard Belbin

The Osborne Works, formerly known as The Rutland Works on Rutland Road, is to have major new changes from what it originally was when built nearly hundred years ago.

Now owned by Oliver Sykes, who runs Drop Dead Clothing, the new owner intends to make changes that are far reaching in terms of capturing a new 21st century clientele. Oliver says:

“Our building has incredible heritage and I want to develop a concept that truly celebrated and developed the legacy. It has been an amazing team effort over the past few months as ideas have taken shape and ‘Church- Temple of Fun’ has become a reality.”

Oliver’s idea is to convert part of the building into a 220 capacity venue providing vegan meals, live music, retro gaming and South American religious iconography.

As a listed building, the structure of the building will remain unchanged and Oliver is happy to leave it so since he also shares the sense of history that the building has.

Designed by the famous William John Hale, the building was first owned by Samuel Osborne and was used for the steel works business from 1919.

The current owner Oliver Sykes has big ideas of making it a great place with ideas he borrowed from Brazil following a visit there.

The refurbishments are now complete and the venue opened on Friday the 6th of July with an event expected to ‘take the concept of fun up to a new level’.