The Friends of Portland Works, Sheffield
Welcome to the website of the Friends of Portland Works. We are a registered charity committed to supporting the on-going efforts to protect and renovate this historic Sheffield building that saw the first commercial use of stainless steel in 1914.
Following the purchase of this former cutlery works, Friends of Portland Works was formed in 2015 to raise funds for the extensive renovation needed to ensure the future of the building as a place of work and educational resource. We are registered with the Charity Commission as Charitable Incorporated Organisation number 116064.
We currently have seven trustees who combine commitment, integrity and commercial experience. They are John Clarke, Andy Colls, Rachel Eagle (Treasurer), Paul Iseard (Secretary), Geoff Marston, Mark Pickering (Chairman) and Tim Reynolds. Rachel is a chartered accountant, who lives and works in Sheffield.
The Works, which is a grade 2* listed building, has been sadly neglected for over 50 years. We aim to attract donations from commercial companies, charitable organisations and private individuals that can be used for the necessary upgrading work, so the structure is sound and the premises meet current standards.
Opened in 1879, the building is one of the last remaining working examples of a purpose-built metal trades factory. Since 2013 it has been owned and managed by Portland Works Little Sheffield Ltd, an Industrial and Provident Society. Now over 30 businesses are based there, and there is a waiting list of potential new tenants. A strong ethos of ‘making’ among the tenant community reflects the history of the works.