WPS Fire and Security

Systems Installed: Fire Detection, Disabled Refuge, CCTV, Door Monitoring & Intercom

Completion date: TBC

Another grade 2 listed building in an exiting Student area of Sheffield


In 1853 three priests left Castleknock, Dublin, to travel to the Crofts area of Sheffield to minister to the Irish poor of that neighbourhood. They belonged to the Congregation of the Mission, a religious society founded in Paris in 1625 by Saint Vincent de Paul whose members are popularly known as Vincentians. Their motto is ‘Evangelisare pauperibus misit me’, ‘He has sent me to evangelise to the Poor’ (Luke 4:18). Sheffield was the first foundation by the Vincentians in England. Initially the priests settled at 90 Garden Street. In 1856 a Catholic Church was built off Solly Street, and in 1866 the priests moved to 142 Broad Lane. In 1876 the fifteenth Duke of Norfolk gave £11,000 to build a new presbytery at the junction of Solly Street and Garden Street. The house, which was built in 1878, had its own oratory chapel and was purpose-built as the principal Vincentian mission centre in England. It was designed by the ecclesiastical architects’ practice of Matthew Ellison Hadfield & Son in the architectural style of large French clerical houses with accommodation for upwards of fourteen clergy with staff. Hadfield was a devout Catholic whose practice was based in Sheffield where he was prominent in philanthropy and politics as a Liberal town councillor. The architect’s archives (Collection ‘HCD’, item ‘Acc1989/11′, Sheffield City Archives) record that there was a waiting hall, three parlours, a refectory, a Brothers’ day room, kitchen, scullery, wine cellar and lavatories on the ground floor, a community room, two parlours, a library, two Brother’s rooms, a sacristy and chapel, and lavatories on the first floor, eight bedrooms, a bathroom and lavatory on both the second and third floors and a basement with a cellar, coal store and larder.

The building continued to be used by the Vincentians and was known as St Vincent’s Presbytery until they vacated the building in 1983. Subsequently the building was converted to office use and became known as Provincial House. A floor was inserted in the former chapel to provide additional office space.

The Building has now been renovated into a 108 Student Accommodation complex comprising of the Grade 2 listed building, Provincial House, and a further 3 new buildings.

WPS were appointed to Supply, Install & Commission Fire Detection, Disabled Refuge, CCTV, Door Monitoring & Intercom.