Social impact developers Capital&Centric has provided a first-look at Eyewitness Works – its newly restored apartments and gardens at an historic listed building in Sheffield, with properties now available to rent. The developer has been transforming the scheme on Milton Street since 2021, with Capital&Centric bringing Channel 4 to Sheffield with the development featuring weekly on The Big Interiors Battle fronted by AJ Odudu.
Located in Sheffield’s Devonshire Quarter, nearby the Devonshire Green, the Build to Rent scheme includes 97 loft apartments and town houses – with a mix of five different architectural styles. The pet-friendly homes will include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and townhouses in the Grade II listed works.
The uniquely designed apartments boast high windows and original features including fireplaces, safes, timber beams and trusses. The spaces have a contemporary edge, fully furnished with HAY furniture – a collection of high-quality, sustainable Scandi pieces.
Residents will also have exclusive access to three peaceful gardens in the internal courtyards – one featuring a giant friction screw press as a reminder of the building’s past – as well as a residents’ lounge, mini cini, co-working space and private dining.
Newly-released images show how the redbrick 1852 building has been transformed, retaining all the historic features and charm of the original, but with a distinct contemporary overhaul for the design conscious.
“This is the culmination of years of painstaking work to turn Eyewitness Works from an industrial relic into what is now, hands down, one of the city’s best addresses. It’s such a privilege to be showing people what we’ve done with the place and opening the doors to the first residents. As people switch on to the allure of Sheffield there’s more and more people wanting to rent here and they’ll be hard pushed to find something comparable in the city. The nature of the building’s past meant we had a real responsibility to do it justice. We’ve retained as many of the original features as we could, with homes boasting big windows, imposing original features and exposed brick walls. Whilst the apartments ooze with character, they also have a contemporary design edge. Couple that with the private gardens and we expect the building will really appeal to those looking for something different than the anonymous, white-washed new builds that you find in every city centre.”Tom Wilmot, Joint Managing Director (MD), Capital&Centric
The £25m restoration and accompanying new build Brunswick – named after the former Brunswick Hotel that closed its doors in 1964 – has been backed by funding from the South Yorkshire Pension Fund and Homes England, securing the next chapter for the building with an already rich heritage.
The building was once the proud home of Taylor’s Eyewitness Ltd. The company was set up in 1820 before moving into Milton Street in 1852, where it manufactured and exported cutlery across the world.