The Cruck has been HHB’s annual publication since 1981. In recent years the Cruck has taken on the proportions of a book, and as well as being a perk of paid membership has been available for sale at various outlets in the city. With membership now free our plan from now on is to provide updates on this website, as and when they are needed, rather than waiting until the end of the year (by which time the alert was often of the ‘bad news and too late’ variety..). Whether we will be able to continue with the printed publication, we are not sure.
It is fascinating to read the old articles and often frustrating. Check back on this page regularly, for we plan to keep updating it with old articles.
To start us off, The ‘Pepper pot’ building. This article was written in August 2006. The developer Hammerson has long since lost interest and Sheffield Council ended up relaunching the New Retail Quarter by buying up the property from Hammerson and engaging developer partners to deliver the project. There are some changes from Sevenstone and some improvements, but overall the scheme, if delivered along the lines now approved by planners, will ravage the city centre’s architectural heritage. As for the Pepper pot – much of it will be lost, but for the frontage. The attractive buildings that form the rear part of the triangular block which the Pepper pot sits on will also be lost.