Work is set to get underway next week to meticulously remove the William Mitchell frieze — currently displayed on Barkers Pool House along Burgess Street.
A pre-planning public consultation is currently underway on the future development of this part of the Council’s Heart of the City II scheme. Plans for the site include the demolition of Barkers Pool House to make way for a stylish new Radisson Blu hotel, with a planning application expected to be submitted later this summer.
Specialist contractors have been appointed to safely remove the frieze. The removal works are taking place now while the city centre is quieter than usual, which will minimise disruption in the surrounding area. A 3D scan of the frieze has recently been captured, in order to make a record of the artwork in situ.
Once safely removed, the artwork will be securely stored to avoid any potential damage or deterioration. Although an exact city centre location for its reinstallation is still being explored, the new or refurbished buildings on the Block A site, or elsewhere within the Heart of the City II scheme, are the Council’s preferred options. The public are invited to provide their views as part of the current consultation process here: www.heartofcity2.com/public-consultation.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:
“We know that the William Mitchell frieze is a much-loved piece of artwork that reflects the quirky, creative character of our city, and that’s why we’re ensuring that it is carefully removed and stored safely before work begins on the site. We are working to identify the right location to showcase the piece going forward. Whilst we are keen that it remains on its original site as part of the new building, and this is our preference, we will also consider relocating it to another prominent location within the Heart of the City II scheme if this isn’t possible.
“The consultation on our proposals for the area is open, so please do get in touch and let us know what you think.”