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The Art House (St Matthew’s House)

This project comprised of the redevelopment of a Grade II listed property (St Matthew’s House) in Sheffield city centre involving partial demolition, refurbishment (393m2) and partial new build to the existing (334m2). The aim was to form ‘The Art House’ which would provide a centre for learning, enjoying and developing creativity funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The works utilised the principal St Matthews House building whilst adding additional space by means of new three storey accommodation at the rear of the site (which sits on the footprint of the demolished building) and a new link block, which provides an infill structure on the footprint of the original yard.

The new build is a hybrid structure comprising of a mixture of plain and reinforced masonry elements and localised structural steelwork supports with precast concrete floors incorporating structural screeds.

The new building incorporates additional disabled access from the rear of the building, office space, community areas, exhibition rooms and workshop areas. In addition, a cafe has been developed towards the front of the building.

The Art House was originally called ‘St Matthews House’ and is owned by the adjacent St Matthew’s Church. The Church enabled the Art House to be developed by giving the property to The Art House charity.

A particular focus of the Art House is to offer art and creative opportunities to people who are normally excluded, as well as offering first class art courses to members of the public.

Client: St Matthews House Ltd

Value: £786k

“I wish you could have seen the children’s faces when they saw inside the school, they love their classrooms and playground.”

Rosebrook Primary School