New lease of life for canal warehouse

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One of the region’s most unusual buildings is to be given a facelift in a bid to attract new tenants and make it into a city landmark.

The Grade II-listed Straddle Warehouse at Victoria Quays in Sheffield is more than a century old and was designed a built on stilts over the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal.

It was used for loading and unloading canal barges from around 1900 until its closure in 1970 and it was later renovated for office use in 1994.

Owners the Canal and River Trust, which recently took over from the now-defunct British Waterways, commissioned the revamp project in the summer.

Rebecca Wilkin, estates surveyor for the Trust, said: “The Straddle Warehouse at Victoria Quays is amongst the most high profile buildings in Sheffield.

“It’s a fantastic location and an important part of the city’s heritage and these works will both respect its history and celebrate its position as a lasting landmark within the city.”