In early 2016, Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) moved into its new home – a restored city landmark.
The Head Post Office, a Grade II listed building known to generations of Sheffielders, had stood empty for more than 15 years. As the building fell into disrepair, the once-thriving area of Fitzalan Square in which it stood, also became forgotten and neglected.
Following a £9m regeneration project by the University, which retained as many of the original features as possible, the former post office houses art and design courses including graphic design, fine art, metalwork and jewellery.
Now, the building welcomes hundreds of students through its doors every day and the square is rejuvenated with shops and cafés. The SIA’s own café is also open to the public, giving local people, many of whom worked in and used the Head Post Office, the chance to reminisce in a building restored to its former glory.