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Hospital demolition plan ‘flawed and unfair’

A flawed comparison lies at the heart of Sheffield University's case for demolishing this building

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The Edwardian wing of the former Jessop Hospital in Sheffield will be demolished under plans proposed by the University of Sheffield. To help persuade the public of its case, the university recently unveiled a model of the replacement block, together with its idealised electronic image.

Those viewing the images see a clean, fresh new building - which they will then compare with the currently-unrestored Edwardian wing (above). However, this comparison is simply wrong. The university will refurbish the Edwardian wing if its demolition and replacement is refused. In the meantime the flawed and unfair comparison between the two buildings might lead some people to come to a false conclusion. 

"We believe the Edwardian building should be restored like the Victorian wing, which the university has refurbished,' said Valerie Bayliss, chair of the Sheffield Victorian Society. Local campaigner Ron Claydon added, "The university has made a fantastic job of the 1878 building. To save one and to disregard the other is illogical."

A decision has still to be made but the university continues to use flawed and unrepresentative models to make its case.

Thursday 28 June, 2012

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