CADS breathes new life into Attercliffe with 15,000 sq ft arts hub

CADS breathes new life into Attercliffe with 15,000 sq ft arts hub

04 January 2017

Image:  CADS Team (Top row: Emma Gutierrez, Paul Rimmer and Claire Rimmer. Bottom row: Kiran Antcliffe, Steve Rimmer, Dan Butlin and Sam Parkin)

Photo credit:  Sammi Sparke Photography

Sheffield’s reputation for supporting entrepreneurship and giving start-ups the lift they need to get off the ground has been given another boost thanks to Creative Arts Development Space (CADS).

The charity, established in 2009 by Steve Rimmer, is a social enterprise that transforms unused buildings into buzzing new developments by renting out the space at affordable rates. Now, it has breathed new life into the Attercliffe-based offices of a former Sheffield foundry by turning the derelict building into a large studio complex.

The 15,000 sq ft, three-storey building – known as Eagle Works – has been vacant since October 2014 and will provide local creatives with more than 30 studios, workshops and offices when it officially opens next month.

CADS is now an integral part of the city’s ever-growing support network - backed by Business Sheffield’s free, confidential advice and services – and has helped hundreds of businesses take off in recent years.

Eagle Works is the latest addition to CADS’ increasingly impressive portfolio, which includes management of 11 buildings containing more than 160 studios.

But, unlike many of its other developments, which have short-term leases, Eagle Works has a 15-year lease in the hope that it will encourage the development of a more vibrant, longer-term community.

Kiran Antcliffe, CADS studios and space manager, said: “This is the first fully long-term lease building we have taken on and we are excited to be able to offer support to projects but also the stability of long-term use for studio holders. This site is fully flexible to provide space for every creative endeavour and enterprise.”

The industrial history of the building, which was once occupied by Castmaster Roll Company, lends itself to a variety of uses. CADS is hoping users will take advantage of the space available – which ranges from 75 to 700 sq ft – to carry out more intensive activities such as welding, pottery or photography dark rooms. It also has a large courtyard, which can be used for outdoor events.

If you are interested in taking space at Eagle Works, keep a look out for the open day this month. For more information on CADS in the meantime, visit

If you are looking to start a business, become self-employed or already have a business operating in the city, Business Sheffield are here to help you get your idea off the ground, set up and grow. Call them on 0114 224 5000 to find out how or visit the Business Sheffield events page and book on to a workshop today.