30 August 2006
Sorby Hall meets an explosive end - video now available!
Sunday 27 August 2006 saw the dramatic end of Sorby Hall of Residence, when it was blown up using a controlled explosion.
After dominating Sheffield’s skyline for more than 40 years, Sorby was reduced to rubble in a matter of seconds with 30 kilos of explosives. It now makes way for brand new student accommodation.
Peter Quarrell, the son of the first Warden of Sorby Hall, was given the task of pressing the plunger to start the demolition. His father, Professor Arthur Quarrell, was Professor of Metallurgy before going on to be Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1958 and then warden of Sorby Hall between 1963 and 1971.
Staff and students have very fond memories of Sorby. Pat McGrath, Head of Accommodation and Campus Services, said, “Although it is sad to see Sorby go, it is time to move on. Our students want up-to-date accommodation and with the new Student Village they will get that and so much more. It is an exciting time for staff and students at the University and I can’t wait to see the finished result.”
New state-of-the-art accommodation for students will be built in and around the current Endcliffe and Ranmoor sites. The first phase of the accommodation will be handed over in September this year, with the construction project due to be completed in autumn 2009.
To view the demolition of Sorby Hall, please download the file on the right-hand side of this page.
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