Green light for redevelopment of historic former cinema

A former cinema in Sheffield is set to be redeveloped for use as an education facility after the awarding of planning permission.

Olympia Wellbeing Academy, supported by CODA Bespoke, submitted plans to Sheffield City Council earlier this year for the former Adelphi Cinema on Vicarage Road in Attercliffe.

The building opened in 1920 as a picture house and has also previously been used as a bingo hall and nightclub. It was most recently used as a music teaching facility, which closed in 2006.

The new plans cover the conversion of the ground floor as an educational facility involving mentoring through sports and fitness.

The existing dance floor will be used as a multi-functional exercise area, with the area where the floor is raised, and stores to be split into a cardio area and resistance and weights space. The kitchen would remain in place.

The council has now granted planning permission, subject to conditions, under delegated powers.

CODA Bespoke director Abel Hinchliffe said: "We are delighted that Sheffield Council has approved our plans for this historic Attercliffe building.

"This was not a typical CODA Bespoke project but it is one that we were very excited about as we are passionate about preserving our city's heritage. We are so pleased that a building that managed to survive many decades of change will now be preserved for future generations.

"It's a great example of how a building from the past can be given fresh life - though the original builders and owners might be very surprised to see how the property has had to adapt to survive."

We are excited to share the news that CODA Bespoke has welcomed three new team members.

Bradley Cooke and Nikola Matusiewicz join the company as Part 1 and Part 2 architects while Regan Hill becomes a Part 1 architect after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University.

“We are continuing to experience a real demand for our work, not just locally but across the whole country,” said CODA Bespoke director Abel Hinchliffe.

“Regan, Bradley and Nikola will make a valuable addition to the team as we look forward to developing the CODA Bespoke brand in 2022.”

Please join us in giving our new team members a warm welcome.

AWARD-winning design team CODA Bespoke is bringing fresh life to one of Sheffield’s most iconic buildings.

The Art Deco Adelphi Cinema on Vicarage Lane in Attercliffe first opened in 1920 and through the decades since then it has been everything from a bingo hall and night club to a music teaching facility.

The building, famous for its distinctive and highly ornamented Art Deco frontage, has stood empty since 2006.

But now CODA Bespoke has submitted an application to Sheffield City Council on behalf of Olympia Wellbeing Academy, which would see the building’s ground floor converted into an educational facility for children, working around mentoring through sport and fitness.

The application would see the former dance floor - dating back to its night club days - become a multi-functional exercise area, with other space becoming a cardio area and space resistance and weight training.

CODA Bespoke director Abel Hinchliffe commented: “This is not a typical CODA Bespoke project but it is one that we are all very excited about as everybody at CODA is passionate about preserving our city’s heritage.

“The Adelphi really is at the heart of Attercliffe and has quite remarkably managed to survive decades of change and, more recently, neglect.

“Its future is central to the re-development of the whole of this area and we believe we have created something for Olympia Wellbeing Academy that will serve their needs and save the building for future generations.

“It is the perfect example of how a building from the past can be given fresh life, which is very much part of the CODA philosophy.

“We are taking the approach of minimal intervention and retaining all the historical frontage and main entrance of the building.

“The development will be ‘light touch’ to respect the historical heritage of the site and its surroundings.”

CODA Bespoke are looking for talented and enthusiastic Architectural Assistants, Technologists and Architects to join our dynamic, design-led practice.

We specialise in bespoke new build houses as well as property transformations such as full house refurbishments, extensions and conversions, with a contemporary edge. We currently have a growing workload of interesting and exciting projects and are looking for determined and ambitious individuals to help us fulfil those projects. 

We actively promote a strong work/life balance, offer flexible working arrangements and provide training and personal development to support all our people in achieving their goals. We are looking for team players who are willing to go the extra mile for our clients, collaborators and their colleagues. All roles will be based at our Sheffield studios in Kelham Island, working on a diverse portfolio of projects nationwide.

If you would like to become part of our award-winning team, we would love to hear from you!

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We are delighted to announce that we have recently received permission to bring a Victorian property in the city Nether Edge neighbourhood into the 21st century.

The extension to the property in Edgehill Road aims to produce a high quality extension, creating a family home on Edgehill Road without losing the character of the original building.

The project, which has been approved by Sheffield Council’s Planning Department will improve the property, bringing the internal layout up to modern living standards by removing poorly-built additions to the original Victorian villa.



“Our design seeks to be a complementary yet modern addition to the house,” said CODA Bespoke director Abel Hinchliffe.

“Attempting to mimic the original 19th Century building would inevitably lead to the site looking awkward and distasteful.

“Instead, the extension will be housed in a design that is sensitive to the streetscape and historic nature of the area.

“By using stone material and subtle detailing to the front but offering a more striking, yet private, external visual to the rear, the design avoids the pretence of having been there for nearly 150 years.”

Abel added that there were a number of precedents across the Nether Edge area for striking contemporary architecture.

“Unusual form, varied materials, and good contrasts from old to new have all been widely welcomed in the Nether Edge area, and all sit well with in the surroundings of this beautiful part of the city,” he said.

“As you explore the Nether Edge area the different buildings demonstrate the advancing architectural styles throughout time and this is something we are hoping to replicate in our design by celebrating the original Victorian villa alongside an elegant contemporary addition.”

It is expected that work on the site will begin early 2021.

Fox House is a fantastic project recently completed by our team. We worked with rising property developer, Koko Projects, to create a luxury new home in one of the city’s most popular suburbs.

The £500,000 plus property in Fox Lane at Bradway is a stone fronted, four bedroom executive home with a total 1,850 sq ft of space, including open plan kitchen, large formal lounge and utilities.

The CODA Bespoke team created the designs for start up developer Ranveer Khela, of Koko Projects in Sheffield.

And they liaised with another city company, Dibujo Design Interiors, on the creation of the luxurious feel and look of the property.

“We were delighted to be working with Ranveer, a talented young property developer who immediately understood and appreciated our approach to design unique and distinctive homes,” said CODA Bespoke director Abel Hinchliffe.

“We are now actively looking for further potential development sites with Koko Projects.”

We are delighted to announce that work is set to begin on the construction of three new luxury properties on the Park Farm site in the village of Holmesfield near Sheffield.

The project, which was designed by our award-winning team, has already seen local authority approval for the demolition a cottage and outbuildings on the site in Derbyshire.

The land will now be developed as three single story luxury four bedroom family homes.

It is expected that work on the site will begin before the end of the year, with a completion date at the end of 2021.

“Park Farm is a very different project to Corn Yard but one that again demonstrates the adaptability and imagination of the CODA Bespoke team,” said director Abel Hinchliffe.

“Having created a design that is entirely sympathetic to this beautiful location, we now look forward to seeing work commence.”

Click here to find out more about the project

Good design isn’t just about making a space look good, it’s about enhancing how people live. We are honoured to be involved in a project helping to make life easier for a young Barnsley boy living with a rare condition that has a major impact on every aspect of his life.

When Louie George Wood was born at just 28 weeks in 2016 he weighed only 2lb and suffered a brain bleed, chronic lung disease, suspected sepsis, anaemia and stomach issues.

Having survived that ordeal though, mum and dad Jodie and Tom and older brother Jake were then given the devastating news that Louie George had been diagnosed with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy.

The family has now set about the task of raising the £120,000 needed to pay for life improving surgery in the USA.

And at the same time they have put out an appeal for help in making their Mapplewell home safer and more user friendly for Louie George.

Disability home for Louie George

“We live in an old house and one that really isn’t very easy for Louie George to get around in,” Jodie explained.

“I went onto Facebook and put out a bit of a cry for help and we were amazed by the response.

“It turned into a bit of a DIY SOS sort of situation, with builders, tilers and plumbers all offering their help.

“But most important at this stage, Abel Hinchliffe from CODA Bespoke got in touch and offered to create the designs for the extension we need.”

Those plans, which have now been approved by Barnsley Council, will see the creation of a new kitchen deigned with Louie George’s needs in mind, improved access to the garden, a lift, specially adapted toilet, physio room and a wet room.”

“It was really important to us that Louie George should be upstairs with us at night and not in another part of the house,” Jodie said.

“He suffers from chronic lung disease and you can guarantee that things always happen at night so I need to know I can run straight in to him.

“CODA’s designs give us everything that we need and we can’t wait to get the work started.”

CODA Bespoke director Abel Hinchliffe said: “We were delighted to be able to offer our assistance in making life easier for Louie George and the whole family.

“We know how important architectural design is, not only in creating a building that is beautiful but also in creating a building that is useful, no matter what your physical condition.”

As the family look forward to work getting underway, they are also continuing the fundraising for Louie George’s surgery. To make a donation simply visit the Just Giving website here >>

We are delighted to see our Corn Yard project featured in the January 2020 edition of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.

The epitome of low-maintenance, yet high-impact design, Cord Yard was designed by CODA Bespoke for twin brothers who wanted to live close to each other, yet separately. The two self-builds mirror one another in design and sustainability; the superstructures are highly insulated and are supplied with hydropower from the millpond they overlook.

Steel, concrete, plywood, and exposed plumbing and lighting are all used in abundance for an ultra-industrial, luxurious finish.

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