'A £3m funding deal between Sheffield City Council and regeneration company U+I has been completed, paving the way for the creation of a digital incubator to be opened at Castle House, the Grade II-listed 1960s former Co-op department store at Castlegate.' Yorkshire Post 26.02.18
As news reaches us of the potential redevelopment of one of Sheffield's finest, we take the opportunity to bring you Sean Madner's extensive photographic study (2014) of the Grade II Iisted Co-operative department store described by Historic England as '1964 by George S Hay, Chief Architect for CWS, with interior design by Stanley Layland, interior designer for CWS. Reinforced concrete with Blue Pearl granite tiles and veneers, grey granite tiles and veneers, buff granite blocks, glass, and brick.'
'The Brightside and Carbrook Co-operative Society was formed in 1868. In 1914 it purchased land on Exchange Street for the building of a central stores and offices. Due to the onset of World War I it was not begun until 1927, at which point the remains of Sheffield Castle were discovered as the foundations were dug. It was finally completed in 1938 only to be destroyed in the Sheffield Blitz (13/14 Dec 1940). Sheffield Corporation compulsorily purchased site so Co-op moved to Angel Street/Castle Street corner site initially with a single-storey temporary shop.' Historic England
'Early in 1959 planning permission was granted for a new headquarters building. The new building was designed by G S Hay with a blind wall to the first and second sales floors, the inspiration being Sears Roebuck's Chicago store (Irving Park, 1933) and an un-named department store in Amsterdam. The suspended restaurant ceiling was the second such roof in Europe. The staircase relief mural and interior design was the work of Stanley Layland. The official opening was on May 13, 1964. The shop cost £925,000 including shop fittings.' Historic England
images © Sean Madner: Photos taken on a Sheffield University 'festival of the mind' organised tour, Sept 2014. (Apologies for the poor un-edited photographs, most of which are out of focus. the shop was originally almost entirely lit by artificial light, which is sadly no longer working. parts of the building were unsafe to enter and water was leaking through the glass skylight above the spiral staircase. Sean)