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    Default Hallam Tower Hotel, Sheffield, June 2017


    1. The History
    The hotel was designed by Nelson Foley of the Trust House Architectural Department. Construction started in 1963 at a cost of £1 million. Sheffield’s first million pound hotel was owned by Trust Houses Group Ltd and opened two year’s later on 24th March 1965. It had 136 bedrooms over its eleven stories and employed close to 150 staff Facilities included the Vulcan Room restaurant, a quick service buttery and the Downstairs Bar. It was one of the first luxury hotels in the region since the end of World War II it had a high profile. The hotel restaurant achieved a four star rating from the AA and during the 1966 World Cup was the base hotel of the Swiss National team

    In 1970 ownership passed to the Trust House Forte. By 1986 the building was known as the Hallam Tower Post House and a year later was subject to a £750,000 refurbishment which also saw the opening of the gym. The hotel later went through a number of name-changes as it went from became known as the Forte Crest Sheffield and then the Posthouse Sheffield. Finally in 2001 it became the hotel became the Holiday Inn Sheffield West. The hotel eventually closed, along with the attached Spirit Health Club, on 18th April 2004. It was sold to the infamous Hague family’s development company Hallam Grange Ltd for £6.3 million later in 2004.

    Since its closure the building has stood empty. Five years after it closed its doors planning permission was granted in 2009 for redevelopment of the tower into residential units. Sheffield-based Axis Architecture worked on the scheme for three years and proposed an extra floor to the rear of the tower while others were to be removed from the front portion and the whole building re-clad. It’s ancillary and low rise buildings were demolished in 2013 along with clearance of the first three floors leaving just the tower remaining. In September 2013, Hallam Grange placed the building on the market for sale and a buyer was found in May 2014. A month later the deal had fallen through and the property was returned to the market. In July 2015 a company purchased the site proposing to demolish the tower and build new luxury apartments and homes. In March 2017 the body of a Sheffield University student Thomas Rhodes, 19, was found at the base of the hotel with injuries consistent with a fall.

    2. The Explore
    Or non-explore, so apologies before you get too excited. After the tragic death of Thomas Rhodes the place has, understandably, been resealed. It is pretty dangerous with holes in the many floors with sheer drops. Hence this is just an external view of the place from the various vantage points around the perimeter fence.



    3. The Pictures

    General view from the east:

    img0935 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0934bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0937 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0943 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0945 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0938 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The sealed-up lift shaft:

    img0941 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0947 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The northern end of the hotel:

    img0936bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0950 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Southern end:

    img0946 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Viewed from the west:

    img2063 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    One of the many smashed windows:

    img2065 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Thanks given by: Hugh Jorgan, krela, Locksley, Mearing, Mikeymutt, mockingbird, prettyvacant71, RedX_unleashed, Rubex, Sludden, thorfrun

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    that looks a big place hughie
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    that looks a big place hughie
    Certainly is...lorra stairs if you go up!

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    Interesting history you have come up with and some very sad recent news by the sound of it.
    ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettyvacant71 View Post
    Interesting history you have come up with and some very sad recent news by the sound of it.
    Cheers PV. They never got to bottom of what happened and why he was up there along on a Saturday night.

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    Another quick distant shot that puts the Hallam Tower in perspective...rising amid a sea of green in the west end of Sheffield...

    img1062 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Here you go...position at close of play this eve RE: demo of Hallam Tower:







    Last edited by HughieD; 6th Sep 17 at 20:48.

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    wow, what an amazing place! After reading up on the lad who was found at the bottom of the building, it would seem that he was a fellow urbex'er, who lost his footing and fell...

    I wouldn't be surprised if everything tightened up around the building alot, shame really...
    "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snailsford View Post
    wow, what an amazing place! After reading up on the lad who was found at the bottom of the building, it would seem that he was a fellow urbex'er, who lost his footing and fell...

    I wouldn't be surprised if everything tightened up around the building alot, shame really...
    I don't think too many people will be to going in there from now on!

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    The tower is now half gone, in a way I'm glad it's getting demolished it is an eyesore that can be seen from miles around and a deadly deathtrap it's time it went.

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