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Demolition to begin on unsafe former Sheffield pub

The former Market Tavern pub house with demolition work evident on the upper floors with a blue cherry picker in front and the building is surrounded by hoardings
The Market Tavern pub in Exchange Street

A former Sheffield city centre pub will have to be demolished after it was deemed unsafe following investigation work.  While work was being carried out to remove asbestos from The Market Tavern, on Exchange Street, it was discovered that the building’s chimneys were structurally unstable with a risk that they could impact on safe access from the neighbouring Mudford Building.

The Mudford Building is currently used by the Andalus Community Group and they were required to not use the building until it had been made safe.

During work to make take down the chimneys a further assessment of the former pub was carried out by Building Control and, unfortunately, the whole building was deemed unsafe and requires full demolition.

Officers from Sheffield City Council have been in constant contact with the Andalus Community Group providing them with temporary alternative accommodation.  Following initial safety works they have now been able to resume occupation of the Mudford Building.

Sean McClean, Director of Regeneration and Development at Sheffield City Council, said: “Safety must be our number one priority when it comes to the buildings in Sheffield and, unfortunately, we have been left with no option but to demolish The Market Tavern as it has been found to be unsafe.

“Contractors have been working to remove the chimneys and demolition work on the whole building is due to start in the next few weeks.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Andalus Community Group for their understanding and cooperation over the last few weeks.”