Monday, March 15, 2010
Above: The meeting room of 93ft at Chimney House, Kelham Island, which can be rented out. [photo. www.thechimneyhouse.com]
Tim Hubbard and his PR consultant partner Sally Clark have transformed the Sheffield landmark - the Chimney House at kelham into a business headquarters. Mr Hubbard said, "When we heard it was coming up for sale last year we weren't looking to move… until we walked in," and since then it has been a labour of love to transform the Grade II listed building.
"The chimney had been restored but the rest was just a shell when we took over: a dusty bomb-site covered in patchy plaster and crumbling brickwork. We've literally scoured the UK for crazy bits of architectural salvage that we've restored by hand," said Ms Clark. The couple salvaged everything they could from lighting to wallpaper and furniture. "The red and green staircase light is an old eye-test unit, while the main conference room is lit by mismatched white glass lamps and old theatre spotlights, each cleaned and rewired. The solid teak doors once hung in the toilets of a mental hospital, the grain hidden beneath layers of black sludge and green slime. An antique Mr Toad-style car horn offers a means for clients to summon assistance," said Ms Clark
The other focal point, naturally, is the 93-foot chimney itself. From outside it dominates the area. Inside the curved wall has become a mural by local artist Tom Newell.