One of Sheffield’s most historic buildings is set to become a Starbucks drive-thru after Sheffield City Council voted unanimously in favour of the plans yesterday.
Carbrook Hall, in Attercliffe, was previously a pub but its future has been uncertain since it closed its doors early last year.
In April, the Grade II-listed building suffered damage after an arson attack which has reportedly left it in total disrepair.
Now, thanks to an investment by American coffee company Starbucks, the restoration of the hall has been secured.
Sean Fogg, a representative of West Street Leisure who own the Hall, has said this is the only commercially viable option for the building.
He said: “We’ve had the building for 18 months, we’ve marketed it through various commercial agents, recognised agents within Sheffield and South Yorkshire and we’ve had nobody interested in taking the building on.”
“This building is not just part of a concrete city. What we’ve got to have is some common ground and common sense. In all fairness this is not just someone taking on a building, this is a fantastic opportunity and we are preserving this building” he added.
The Hall dates back to 1176 and was used as a base to orchestrate an attack on Sheffield Castle during the Civil War.
According to Fogg, Starbucks has promised that this history will not be erased.
“This building will be fully restored and preserved to bring it back into use for Sheffield and future generations to enjoy the splendour of the building. All the original features are all going to be fully restored and kept as they are.”
“It brings many valuable jobs into Sheffield and you’ve got a long-term investment from a multi-national company who’s investing in Sheffield so it does tick all the boxes” he added.