Partnership comes together to bring Sheffield historic listed building back to its former glory

One of the region’s leading building surveyors, Fourth Wall Building Consultancy, is supporting youth development charity Endeavour in transforming its home on Earl Marshal Road in the Burngreave area of the city.

The building, which was previously a school, received its Grade II listed status in 1995 and is built in the Gothic Revival style, one of the oldest in the area, having been constructed between 1874 and 1875.

Fourth Wall has been instructed by Endeavour to deliver the project, which is not only significant to the organisation and the young people it supports but also to the city, as an important heritage asset and a great example of Victorian public municipal architecture, which was one of the first to be built following the 1870 Education Act.

Construction on the building began in September 2023, with completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2024 and a view to being fully occupied in the second quarter.

The scheme aims to improve the building’s carbon footprint, accessibility provision for disabled users, the facilities available to students, staff, and the wider community, and ensure the long-term viability of the site as a place for education and youth provision.

The building will become a sustainable asset to Endeavour, which works to enrich the lives of local young people through education and adventure activities. Their work includes delivering educational opportunities and GCSE qualifications, outdoor activities, and personal development, and helping young people overcome personal challenges daily.

Joshua Weston, founder, and lead director of Fourth Wall Building Consultancy, said: “We are delighted to be working with an important charity like Endeavour, supporting them to improve the facilities they have, and offering what they can provide to the local community.

“From creating accessible spaces, improving energy efficiency, and even providing a recording studio-grade acoustic room, the transformation of the Endeavour Centre will be so important to support the work of this fantastic Sheffield charity.

“As a born and bred Sheffielder, it’s an honour to be able to support young people in the city where I grew up, and this project is the perfect fit for Fourth Wall, as it aligns with so many of our values. We also specialise in heritage buildings having worked on many high-profile sites in the past, so we’ll be ensuring that the developments we make are sympathetic to the history of this fantastic building.”

Ed Thatcher, CEO of Endeavour, said: “It’s fantastic to see works get underway at the Endeavour Centre. The works are a dream come true for our charity and for the young people we work with, who were instrumental in developing the plans. The transformation of our building will help drive the development of our work – enabling us to deliver a greater variety of opportunities to a much broader group of young people.

“Working with Fourth Wall has been great; it was important that we partnered with the right people who could strike the balance of working with a Grade II listed property and knowing what we needed to continue our important work with Sheffield’s young people.”

The £1.2m project works are being funded by the Youth Improvement Fund grant programme which comprises over £300m of capital and revenue grants, funded by the UK Government. The scheme is one of a small number of major capital projects awarded funding in Sheffield.

By Mark Adair – Correspondent, Bdaily

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