• Dean Pattison

The Old Coach House Revival

Earlier in the year Utility Source was appointed to provide utility related advice and coordination to a lottery funded project team in Sheffield. The project known as The Old Coach House will see a run down storage building undergo an exciting transformation to create a new community cafe.

The Grade 2 listed building sits within the grounds of Hillsborough Park and had not been used since World War Two. The roof had partially collapsed in on itself and the front wall was bowed leaving the structure vulnerable and needing significant investment and repair. Step forward Age UK!

Age UK were offered an opportunity to take on the building and after looking beyond the significant requirement for repair, they formulated a plan to turn the building into a community cafe which will be open for visitors to Hillsborough Park. Another element of the project aims to support dementia friendly activities on the site which requires the conversion of the adjacent potting shed into a hub for educational activities, learning and pursuits.

Just last month Age UK announced that the new cafe will be operated by the Depot Bakery when it opens toward the end of the year. Depot Bakery is an artisan bakery based in the heart of Sheffield which champions the use of locally-sourced products.

Our own responsibilities include the coordination of a new gas main and service to feed the cafe's kitchen, liaison with the telecoms provider for the new fibre connection and a review of the existing electric infrastructure to determine its suitability.

'As a local lad I have walked past this building many times, often wondering about its potential to be brought back to life. The progress on the build has been rapid and it already looks completely different. The library next door is still in use and its going to be a real positive addition having the regenerated initiative beside it. The cafe and the potting shed lead into the community garden and it will be a nice place for the locals to grab a coffee and sit watching the squirrels and other wildlife go about their business. We are very pleased to be involved' Dean Pattison