SUM Studios is the revival of three beautiful Grade II listed Victorian School Board buildings into a dynamic mix of arts, business and community spaces. The team behind the development, Heeley Trust, had a vision – to transform this local landmark and a gem of Victorian architecture into the heart of a community in Heeley. And so following years of negotiations, work started in 2009 to bring this place back from the brink of dereliction and to make it the hive of activity it is fast becoming.
Starting with the opening of the business studios in the first building to be re-developed in 2013, Sum is now home to a diversity of commercial tenants, from digital animators and designers, to marketing professionals and film makers.
Its all taking time, but when funds are secured, the next phases of development will include purpose built artists’ and makers’ studios and workshops, more business space, rehearsal spaces, a new large venue, meeting and training facilities, and a new Cafe and Bar serving directly onto Heeley Peoples Park.
The central courtyard (the old playgrounds) will eventually be completely landscaped, and will become an extension of the Heeley Peoples Park, which HDT also developed and manage.
Heeley Trust fully acknowledge the support of Sheffield City Council and Community Builders, who have funded the first phase of the Sum development.