Burton Street started its life in 1879 as
Langsett Road School.
It remained open as a school for almost a century, ringing its bell for the last time in 1976. After being put to various small scale uses, it finally fell into disrepair in 1992. By 1995 the site was scheduled for demolition.
This is where things got interesting…
The local community didn’t want to see the old school demolished. They broke in, occupied the buildings, and formed a new organisation called the Burton Street Foundation.
They quickly began making great use of the site by running various clubs, events and community services. This proved there was a need for it to remain, and eventually the Burton Street Foundation took ownership of the site.
Two decades later the beautiful Victorian buildings are a vibrant community hub. Hundreds use the site on a daily basis, and a huge range of activities take place.
It’s a pretty big organisation now, but Burton Street is still run on a not-for-profit basis, and it never lost its soul. That’s what makes it the special and unique place it is.
Nowadays Burton Street means lots of things to lots of different people....
Around 2500 people use the site every week, for work and for play. We host countless events each year. We employ around 140 people. Our disability services have around 250 clients. 14 local businesses are based here, and around 35 charities and community groups use our facilities each week.
We run and maintain 5 buildings across 3 sites, and we have the area’s largest indoor community space. We’re mostly based in Hillsborough, Sheffield, but we have a little getaway in Wales too. We’re a Community Benefit Society (number 28699R) which means we do all this on a not-for-profit basis, and we’ve been here since 1998.