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flats in a former sheffield cutlery factory

Eyewitness Works is a built exemplar of creative conservation in Sheffield City Centre, establishing a range of lifestyle living spaces that are viable, efficient and attractive and respectful to existing structures.

The Grade II Listed, 19th century Eyewitness Works is situated in the Devonshire Quarter of Sheffield City Centre. The typical Sheffield buildings, built in the 1850s, have been used mainly for cutlery production over the years, with the previous occupant Taylors Eye Witness, relocating to a new factory in 2018.






  • 4,830m2

Contract value:

£18 million



sheffield’s slice of history

The buildings now see their next evolution – being restored into 97 1-3 bedroom, industrial style apartments, all unique in layout and featuring existing heritage fabric within the development including original brickwork and roof trusses within key living spaces. The homes will sit among three green courtyards, allowing residents to socialise together, and alongside a new build element to the masterplan.

a cut above

The redesign of Eyewitness Works, by shedkm and Twentysix Architects, both respects, takes advantage of and enhances the distinctive features of Sheffield, its districts and neighbourhoods. Homes are modern and open plan, featuring dual aspect windows, exposed brickwork, and many original features such as beams, original staircases and existing machinery. Crisp free standing kitchens and bathrooms pods are inserted centrally to provide a strong contrast to the existing fabric and make best use of the space creating generous open plan living, removing unwanted circulation space and offering dual aspect layouts to maximise light. A residents’ lounge, co-working spaces, private dining and mini cinema are all offered to residents too.

outdoor spaces with a twist

There are four courtyards, each designed to have a different character based on functional requirements and design aspirations. A 150-year-old friction screw press, rescued from the building, features within. There is also a cobbled street draped with festoon lighting and lined with trees and foliage, and a living green wall.

The restoration sits alongside the accompanying new build Brunswick, named after the former Brunswick Hotel that closed its doors in 1964.

“this is the culmination of years of painstaking work to turn eyewitness works from an industrial relic into what is now, hands down, one of the city’s best addresses. it’s such a privilege to be showing people what we’ve done with the place and opening the doors to the first residents. as people switch on to the allure of sheffield there’s more and more people wanting to rent here and they’ll be hard pushed to find something comparable in the city.”

Tom Wilmot, Joint Managing Director at Capital&Centric