Sheffield currently has five active co-housing groups, all at different stages:
Thundercliffe Grange: Thundercliffe, an eighteenth century mansion house with service wings and stable block, set in 20 acres of mixed parkland and woodland on the Sheffield/Rotherham border in South Yorkshire celebrated its 30th anniversary as a co-housing institution in May 2010.
The initial participants, the majority of whom still live at the Grange, were mainly local government officers who, together with friends and family, formed the company “Thundercliffe Grange Ltd” to purchase the Grange, a former residential home for physically and mentally handicapped children, from Trent Regional Health Authority and to convert it into self-contained flats together with areas for communal use.
There are twelve flats – some occupied by single people, the others by families; in total some two dozen occupants. There is no specific ideology which defines the group and every effort is made to preserve the privacy and autonomy of individuals while sharing the benefits (and the work and expense) of the house and its grounds. The land, apart from the kitchen garden and ornamental gardens adjacent to the house, comprises woodland and park land and is managed in such a way as to enhance the habitat for birds, animals etc.The ground floor of the main building provides communal areas such as workshop, dining room and laundry. (text from the UK Cohousing Network Site)
The Open House Project: The Open House Project is located at Barnes Hall Farm, Burncross, Sheffield and has purchased a farm and now obtained planning permission to convert the farm buildings into a series of 7 dwellings, communal facilities and shared external spaces. The group have a website (see links) detailing their progress. The group comprise a family and friends, with a wide range of ages. Architectural design work is being carried out by Leo Care, a member of the group, architect and University Teacher at the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture.
Shirle Hill Ltd.: A group of 11 people in the 50+ age range who have purchased the historic Shirle Hill House (most recently used by the NHS) in Nether Edge. The group are converting the old house into shared facilities and flats, and building five new houses to a high environmental standard in the grounds. The group have employed a partnership of Studio Polpo and Architype as architects, have received planning permission for the new builds, and are well underway with works to the old house.
Five Rivers Cohousing Group: We are a group aiming to launch and manage a cohousing project in Sheffield, and active in promoting cohousing more generally. Our vision/mission is to live on a site that is multi-generational, of mixed tenure, and eco-friendly. For this purpose, in 2012 we set up a company limited by guarantee – Five Rivers Cohousing Co. Ltd. – and we are meeting regularly, investigating sites (including with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Housing Company), and developing our collective ideas for location, architecture and site layout, collective facilities and gardening, and so on. With some 13 members at present, we welcome more to join us. For more information, see our vision statement and membership process.
You can contact us by email on email@example.com – if you thinking of joining us, we’ll send a fuller Information Pack. You can also text or phone us on 07943 426 187.
On The Brink Cohousing Community Ltd: On the Brink are a group of 9 individuals who came together through the Sheffield Cohousing Network Day held at Sheffield University last year. We are now about to buy Brincliffe House (90 Osborne Road, Nether Edge, S11 9AN) after a very long journey. Brincliffe house was built in 1852 and was later to become the first headquarters of the NHS in Sheffield right there at the beginning of the welfare state in 1948. It has been used by the NHS ever since as office accommodation, it is in a very good state of repair but is now surplus to requirements. The present owners are an offshore company, it has been on the market for the last year and we have been trying to buy it for all that time!
We set up a community interest company to facilitate the purchase of a property for cohousing. The objects of the Company to carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular create a living and working cohousing community. The Homes and Communities Agency gave us a grant to conduct a Feasibility Study on Brincliffe House to see if our plans were affordable and feasible using Architects who tendered for the work. We now have outline plans for up to 12 apartments in the main house and subject to planning and other considerations some new build in the 1.3 acres of land surrounding the house. We have got the money we need to purchase the property from people who want to live there and those who are willing to invest their savings in Cohousing.
We are looking for investors who would be willing to lend capital in the short term (up to 6months) and longer (2 years) to help with the financing of purchase and development. The legal agreement is ready and we would be able to offer 3% interest. If you think this is something you might be interested in please contact firstname.lastname@example.org giving a phone number and email address for a preliminary discussion. We will then forward you the Feasibility Study report, Architects Plans, List of Members, Evidence of Incorporation and a draft Lending Agreement.