The ongoing revival of Sheffield’s historic Leah’s Yard has celebrated an important milestone, with the building’s new extension reaching its highest point.
Located on Cambridge Street, Leah’s Yard is considered a jewel in the crown of Heart of the City, the transformative city centre development programme led by Sheffield City Council and their Strategic Development Partner, Queensberry.
This Grade II listed building was recently removed from Historic England’s ‘Building at Risk’ register following preliminary structural work, bringing the building back into usable condition.
Work on adding a complementary extension to the building, designed to vastly improve public accessibility and create extra commercial space, began earlier this year and has now hit its peak.
To celebrate this latest milestone, Sheffield City Council welcomed key representatives from Queensberry, RF Joinery, Turner & Townsend and Lathams, alongside Tom Wolfenden and James O’Hara, the future venue operators, for a tour of the site, along with an official topping-out ceremony.
Councillor Ben Miskell, Chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are delighted to see Leah’s Yard reach this milestone. The redevelopment of this cherished heritage ensures that the building will remain a key focal point in our city centre for decades to come.”
Once completed in Spring 2024, the venue will be run by Tom Wolfenden, who manages the Cooper Buildings on Arundel Street, and James O’Hara, who runs acclaimed bars such as Public and Picture House Social.
The duo plan to breathe new life into the site, which will house a bustling central public courtyard surrounded by small boutique shops, with the first and second floors hosting around 20 independent working studios.