Plans have been submitted to redevelop a historic building in downtown Sheffield to create a new music centre.
Sheffield Music Academy has submitted complete planning and listed building applications to Sheffield City Council for the conversion of the Grade II* Registered Canadian House on Commercial Street.
The building was constructed in 1875 for the Sheffield United Gas Company and continued to be used as offices by the Gas Board of Directors until 1972.
It was converted into a nightclub and bar in the 1980s.
The council sent an urgent notice of works for repairs to the building owner in 1996, and the property was later secured by English Partnerships, the government’s renovation agency.
It was recently used as a main office by the owner Panache Lingerie, with a Chinese buffet on the ground floor.
The proposed “Harmony Works” project by the Sheffield Music Academy and the Sheffield Music Hub aims to create a home for music education in the region.
Request planning permission for the renovation, change of use and expansion of the building.
The proposed development will include a performance space for an audience of 300, two rehearsal rooms accommodating 80 musicians, 15 smaller rehearsal rooms for ensembles, 20 individual practice rooms, and a large instrument store.
Plans also include office space, a coffee shop, lounge spaces, and additional accommodations.
The design and access statement submitted with the plans said the project aims to “combine two of the city’s major music education providers with their partners in one easily accessible location” and “strengthen existing partnerships and build new ones with like-minded organizations.”
It is also expected to “create jobs during project handover and the post-project process” and “civil reuse of a listed building in the heart of Castlegate and contribute to the regeneration of Castlegate as a thriving cultural district”.
The design was developed by Live Projects, an initiative in the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.
The project team also includes Evans Vettori Architects, Creative Heritage, Arup, Hepworth Acoustics, Ridge and Alan Wood & Partners.
Sheffield Music Hub is a partnership of educational and music institutions, led by Sheffield City Council, which provides musical education to 176 schools and 80,000 children across the city. SMA is one of 15 centers for advanced music training in the UK, funded by the Department of Education’s Music and Dance Scheme.