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Jessop Building Conservation Conversion

The Jessop Building
Conservation Conversion
Project Title: The Jessop Building
Sector: Education
Client: University of Sheffield
Construction Cost: £4.5m
Year Completed: 2007
Company Completed for: University of Sheffield
My role: Project Associate / Design and Delivery
Brief project info: Refurbishment of Grade II Listed Jessop Victorian Hospital to provide new musicology departments teaching facility.
North Elevation - Planning restoration
North Elevation - before restoration
North Elevation - after restoration.
From Sheffield Telegraph article – 4.12.08
“They will find that the 1877 Jessop building has been restored to its former glory, both in terms of retaining and restoring features such as ornate staircases and cornices and cleaning up the brickwork.
Former matron Angela Culley, now retired and living in Fulwood, and who knows the building inside out. She believes the Jessop's original benefactors would be pleased with the care taken in the refurbishment.
The transformation had kept the style of the place, while creating modern accommodation. "I think they have done a brilliant job," said Miss Culley, who was matron from 1987, then head of nursing and midwifery during the relocation.
"I get the feeling that the renovation has been done by people who cared. It was not done by somebody just doing a job but somebody who appreciates the history associated with the building."
Admirers also include Prof Anne Peat, Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield, who was a student nurse at Jessop in 1970 and a tutor from 1977 to 1997.
"They have retained much of what it originally looked like," she said. "I think they have done an excellent job. Nothing has been spoiled."
West Elevation - before restoration and construction of new ground floor window to reflect original 1877 architecturure.
West Elevation - after restoration and construction of new ground floor bay window.
Inside the building main entrance - before restoration and the re-building of stairs that had been previously demolished and lost during earlier 1960's development.
Inside the building main entrance - after restoration and re-instatement of stairs in the original victorian style.
North Elevation - after demolition of 1960's extension and before renovation.
North Elevation - following renovation
Professor Tony Crook, Chair of the Project Executive Group that is overseeing the Jessop redevelopment, said: “I want to pay tribute to all those who have been involved in this project internally and externally. I especially want to thank consultants Turner and Townsend who have successfully managed this complex project, the architects who showed us what could be done to restore this important building both for the University and the wider city, and the contractors whose labours have now enabled us to realise our vision. This has been a great team effort and shows what can be done to restore the heritage of the city, whilst also providing a building with a contemporary use.”
Interior - South Western Ground Floor room before renovation.
Interior - South Western Ground Floor ensemble room after renovation.
Simon Keefe, Head of the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield, said: “We are delighted to be moving into the Jessop Building. To be able to work in a building that is intrinsically linked to the history of the city is a great privilege. A light, spacious setting, the building is conducive to musical activities of all kinds and will complement the more modern Soundhouse, which will also be used by the Department. Located at the heart of the campus, it will also allow us to be at the hub of all the activity, which is great news for staff and students.”
First Floor corridor - before renovation.
First Floor corridor - after renovation.
South Elevation - before renovation

South Elevation - after renovation
Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “We feel extremely proud to be unveiling the carefully restored and renovated Jessop building. This is a building that is close to many people’s hearts and is an important part of Sheffield’s history. By bringing the building back to life we have created excellent facilities for our Department of Music and have retained a piece of exquisite Victorian architecture for the city.”
Sheffield City Hall 8.10.2010 - CIOB Award for Excellence and Quality - It was a pleasure working with you all and I am proud to have been involved with the renovation and refurbishment of a historic building close to the heart of the people of Sheffield. We've been nominated and short listed for RICS Award on this project. At last this building gets the recognition it deserves, well done everyone for your commitment, dedication and hard work. — with Kier NorthernSheffield University Estatescareyjones architectsTurner & TownsendArup Acoustics and Sheffield University Department of Music.
Without the University of Sheffield the former Grade II Listed Jessop Victorian Hospital may have remained derelict and in a serious state of dilapidation. It was the foresight and initiative of the UoS Estates Department, funding the acquisition and development of this building that secured its future as The Department of Music for generations of students to continue their further education in a state of the art musicology department.
Jessop Building Conservation Conversion

Jessop Building Conservation Conversion

Renovation and refurbishment of the former Grade II Listed Jessop Victorian Hospital, Sheffield for the University of Sheffield Estates to provid Read More