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Inside the abandoned tower in the heart of Sheffield city centre


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Unfulfilled plans mean this high-rise office block has become city centre’s biggest eyesore

This once state-of-the-art office tower has become Sheffield city centre’s biggest eyesore.

Weston Tower was built as a bespoke office and distribution centre for a mail order company in the 1970s.

But this 11-storey building has lain empty for so long nobody seems to be able to remember when it closed down.

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Weston Tower has pride of place on one of the city centre’s main thoroughfares. Now it is shamed by its prominent position in its derelict form, boarded up and caked with graffiti and fly posters.

There’s been development interest in Weston Tower. In 2006, planning permission was granted to convert the former offices into a 23-storey block of flats with offices, restaurants and a bar.

The project would have cost £60m. Instead, the complex on West Bar Green was sold for just £700,000 in 2013.

New plans were unveiled in 2015 to convert Weston Tower into 150 flats but these were never realised.

The complex is for sale on commercial estate agent Colloco’s website.

Weston Tower is famously well secured but urban explorer Matt, aka Lost Places Forgotten Faces, managed to find a way in. He even managed to get on the roof.

It doesn’t look any better inside. In fact, it looks worse with every kind of detritus scattered across the building.

However, there’s some pretty cool graffiti art.

Written by: Rother Radio News

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