The Evolution of The Beauchief Hotel

Added on April 12th 2018

One of Sheffield’s most iconic buildings is set to be given a new lease of life and will be restored to create 30 new homes on the site. 

Beauchief Hotel, situated on Abbeydale Road South, will be lovingly transformed into luxury housing by developers Brantingham Homes and will be marketed by Redbrik.

Originally built in 1900 as the Abbeydale Station Hotel, the building served travellers passing through the local railway station. The station sat on the Sheffield to London line, serving Beauchief and Woodseats and provided excellent links to the surrounding areas, including Chesterfield. It went through numerous name changes and became the Beauchief Station in 1914 before eventually closing in 1961.

During its early days the classic Victorian building became a favourite watering hole for steel merchants travelling between factories in London and Sheffield.

Throughout the years, many different proprietors occupied The Beauchief with varying degrees of success. A particular high point came in the 1980s and 90s, when the hotel enjoyed a renewed popularity under French general manager, Michel Limon and his wife, Edwige.

Under Michel’s management, the hotel was extended with an additional 40 additional rooms – a significant expansion – which led to the hotel becoming a popular venue for weddings, christenings and family celebrations.

From April 2012 the venue was operated by Brew Kitchen who ran the venue until New Year’s Eve 2015 when it closed its doors for the final time.

Now, the land and property are set to be repurposed, bringing much-needed homes to the area, comprising 18 apartments and 12 detached family houses, all set within a gated entrance that epitomises the site branding – a statement in luxury living.

The original Beauchief building will be sympathetically converted into six stunning, two-bedroom apartments. Each of the individually designed conversions are generously proportioned (between 915 to 990 sq. ft.) and will be finished to a high specification throughout.

They will all feature luxury bathrooms and bespoke kitchens with fully integrated appliances and open-plan living spaces.

To the rear of the original Beauchief Hotel will be 12 newly-built apartments, which will feature contemporary styling and Juliet balconies. These will have the same luxurious feel, as well as floor to ceiling windows with views overlooking the River Sheaf and en-suite bedrooms.

Each of the apartments will have allocated parking and lift access to all levels.

The new build apartments will start at £270,000, and the converted apartments in the former hotel will start at £370,000.

There will also be 12 stunning new detached modern family houses, set across three and four levels, offering a mix of four and five bedrooms. Each of the substantial properties will feature garages and landscaped gardens.

The developer, Brantingham Homes, has a rich history in property conversion in the local area. Some of their previous projects include the transformation of the Church at School Lane in Crookes, as well as the restoration of Westbourne Manor in Broomhill, where they compassionately restored the building to retain many of the original features.

The Brantingham team has also worked on several apartment conversion projects in the city. In 2006, Brantingham acquired the old Ashton Works site on Upper Allen Street in the St. Vincent Quarter. The derelict block has been lovingly transformed into 20 warehouse-style apartments, keeping the large windows, exposed brickwork, and original steel beams.

A representative from Brantingham Homes said: “The Beauchief is an inspiring restoration project for us, and we’re focused on keeping as many of the original features as we can – preserving the history of the building is at the forefront of our minds.

“Redbrik have been instrumental in helping us create a fantastic development. working with us to create layouts that our future homeowners will love and with their unique brand of marketing and local area expertise, they will undoubtedly find the perfect buyers for these truly amazing homes.”

Peter Lee, Director at Redbrik, added: “Once completed, the Beauchief development will be the epitome of luxury. Brantingham Homes have a strong vision of how to keep the Beauchief spirit alive, and we are enjoying working closely with them to help bring these beautiful properties to market.”