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Old February 7th, 2012, 06:40 PM   #4481
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http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sculpt...atue_1_4220496

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A 40-metre high sculpture is being proposed as an iconic landmark for the Sheffield City Region. Sheffield City Council has invited ideas for a statue in the Lower Don Valley and this project is one being put forward for consideration.The proposed design created by local sculptor Steve Mehdi has already received widespread support from Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and a number of public and private sector organisations. Pictured: The design which is being proposed will be installed close to where the Tinsley Towers used to stand.

Published on Tuesday 7 February 2012 10:04

THE sculptor behind plans for a massive Man of Steel statue overlooking Meadowhall says he is pressing ahead with the multi-million pound project despite closing his art gallery in Sheffield.


Steve Mehdi shut his Ecclesall Gallery, on Ecclesall Road, after just three years, because of a lack of commissions in 2012 and the “poor economic climate in general”.

But he said he would soon be submitting a full planning application for the 40m statue to Rotherham Council and he was making a 10ft model to go on public display.

The former policeman, aged 55, of Grindleford, Derbyshire, said: “We put our heart and soul, and a significant investment, into the business and worked six days a week.

“We were disappointed to reach this decision, but feel we had no option given the global downturn, the timescale of which is unpredictable and beyond our control.

“I hope this will help dispel the questions surrounding the future of the Man of Steel project and I look forward to announcing more progress soon.”

The artist said the project, which is set to cost in the region of £2.4 million, could include an internal spiral staircase and a viewing platform.

Mr Mehdi said: “It is expected the money will come entirely from private investment, but may require ‘topping up’ with Arts Council or other funding, once we know the final figure.”

He added: “Inevitably, a project of this size is difficult to cost accurately with so many factors involved, and it’s likely to be higher.”

The scheme has the backing of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and the approval ‘in principle’ of Rotherham Council.

Richard Wright, Sheffield Chamber’s executive director, said: “My understanding is that work is ongoing on a larger model and putting in a stair and viewing platform, inside the head as the northern eye so to speak.”
I Particulary like the viewing platform idea and great too see this been pushed!
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Old February 8th, 2012, 11:24 AM   #4482
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It'd be worth a bob or two in scrap at today's prices! What precautions do they propose to prevent it being cut down in the night?

Also, what happened to the steel footballs idea?
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Old February 9th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #4483
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The demolition of Hambleton House has been granted!this is a crime, maybe we should try and get the occupy people in there to save it!Looks like we are gonna have another empty bit of wasteland in the city centre then!

Here is the officers report.

http://195.59.165.58/WAM/doc/Officer...df&pageCount=4
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Old February 9th, 2012, 07:40 PM   #4484
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Crazy. Buildings should only be demolished if plans exist for replacing them.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #4485
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A travesty! I am very disappointed in the councils decision and the demolition of this building is another that can be added to their gigantic book of mistakes, the more recent of which includes the deco building on Penistone road.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 07:52 PM   #4486
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Spot on Bladerunner. Its a crying shame that this building is going.

Is there a chance of saving this building by applying for listed status?
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Old February 9th, 2012, 08:00 PM   #4487
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Already been tried I'm afraid, and English Heritage denied it
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Old February 9th, 2012, 10:01 PM   #4488
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Wouldn't expect anything else from our ridiculous council. They normally pass anything people don't want while turning down anything worth saving or that attracts investment. Clueless.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 10:30 PM   #4489
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Stupid decision I think.

The only saving grace would be opening up the river beneath.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 09:57 AM   #4490
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It is the only decision possible.
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Crazy. Buildings should only be demolished if plans exist for replacing them.
It's a fair point, but the problem isn't with the planning system or even with the owners. It is with the rates system that charges owners for services that they are not receiving while the building is empty. Owners don't demolish a potential asset for fun or profit.

Please write to your MP, write to the Chancellor, write to the Secretary of State For Business, and write to the PM if you feel strongly about this issue. Point out that empty rates bills are devastating our cities, towns and villages and doing lasting damage to the environment and communities.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 03:33 PM   #4491
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I Particulary like the viewing platform idea and great too see this been pushed!
To follow up my question about the steel football alternative sculpture on this site I've found this Nov 2010 article:
http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/...o_m1_1_2751853

This suggest that the location was moved and the ball is either already in place or the idea dropped when the 2018 World Cup Bid failed miraculously. I've not driven this stretch of M1 for years; is it there where the bull used to be?

Going back to the 'Man of Steel': I can well understand the enthusiasm for stainless steel as the material in Sheffield, but it's surely going to atract objections from the Highways Agency beacuse of glare to drivers ("near ex-cooling tower site" = reflection of low sun from south west in winter blinds northbound drivers on viaduct!). Also why is the sculpture sitting down doing nothing, it gives out the message "Sheffield: City of Steel, where steelworkers once sat idly about gazing wistfully at the outside world beyond the castings shop and dreaming of escape"?

A more light-hearted suggestion for sculptures on this site was (jokingly) proposed in the following article. I actually think this suggestion is more poignant / will have more resonance with the locals:
http://articlemagazine.co.uk/2011/04...-gateway-icon/

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Old February 10th, 2012, 08:52 PM   #4492
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noticed that the new flats on Penistone road are now underway

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Also noticed that the site of the foremer Devonshire arms pub



opposite the former wards breweries. Has got diggers and large pipes on the ground. They appear to be doing some groundwork or something.
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Not sure which thread to put this update on as there's 2

The first is that there was a JCB trundling around on the new markets location along with a few council people this morning

the second is that there were a few planners looking at Deacon House at the bottom of The Moor (the one next to staples) with a few clipboards
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the second is that there were a few planners looking at Deacon House at the bottom of The Moor (the one next to staples) with a few clipboards
There are some plans in mind for that building.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 05:08 PM   #4496
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Also noticed that the site of the foremer Devonshire arms pub



opposite the former wards breweries. Has got diggers and large pipes on the ground. They appear to be doing some groundwork or something.
There was a big mains water leak on Eccy Road last saturday, it looks like Yorkshire water are putting in new concrete mains piping as a result.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #4497
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Crane on site at Broad Lane. Stalled apartments?
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Old February 15th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #4498
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I saw that too, got a little excited.
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What re the proposals for the site?
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Old February 21st, 2012, 05:32 PM   #4500
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I've been out and about today and noticed that the disused public toilets under the former heeley railway station has had a new UPVC door fitted and a workman today was pulling the old grill from the windows and giving it a lick of paint. It looks like the space is going to be brought back into use.


here's a google pic of them from a couple of years ago.


To my knowledge they have been closed since at least the 1970s, although I have a vague recollection of taking a slash in there in 1975 or something like that..
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