Redvers House was built in 1971 by the construction firm Newman Doncaster Associates. It is owned by Sheffield City Council and the top 11 stories are used as offices by certain sections of their Social Services department as offices. Among the branches of the department that use Redvers House are Family And Community Services, Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board, Residential Accommodation Bed Bureau, Sheffield Adult Protection and the Child Protection Office.
Redvers House has a height of 54 metres (177 feet) and has 14 floors. The original building consisted of much copper tinted glass, however the building received a major refurbishment in 2005 which include the exterior being re-clad in its present light grey and aqua colour scheme. The refurbishment which was carried out by the Leeds based building contractor Irwins cost £7,000,000 and also included complete renovation of the offices, staircases and toilet facilities.
The lower three stories of the building incorporates a Currys electric retail store which faces onto Furnival Gate, these premises were granted planning permission to be converted into the Oceana night club by Luminar Leisure in 2006 although these plans later fell through.
In late October 2014 Redvers House came up for sale with a £7,000,000 asking price with Sheffield City Council intending to vacate the building by the end of 2014. The agents in charge of the sale stated that Redvers House could remain as offices or be converted to residential apartments. The Currys retail store will remain, being on a lease for the next five years.
- "Pevsner Architectural Guides - Sheffield", Ruth Harman & John Minnis, ISBN 0-300-10585-1, Page 100 Gives details of builders.
- www.skyscrapernews.com. Gives building height and number of floors.
- www.emporis.com. Shows original design of building.
- www.irwins.co.uk. Gives details of 2005 refurbishment.
- Sheffield Council Planning Documents. Show plans for proposed Oceana night club.
- Sheffield Star Newspaper (accessed 30 October 2014) Building for sale in October 2014.