Monday, 25 January 2016

New website in development

We are a developing a new website that tells you all about the businesses based here at Harland Works. It'll take a a while but, soon you'll be able to read about:

Fancy Sew and Sews

Ares Landscape Architects

Norton Mayfield Architects

Fly Cheese Studio

2 Fly Studio

Cycles in Motion

Gibertoni Violins

Harland Cafe

Christopher J Halstead, Bow Maker

Zag Yoga

Little Sheffield Guitar Studio

Blue Elephant (pottery studio)

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Summer 2015 - events, workspace, cafe - Studio to let!

At Harland Works we offer space for events, workspace and a cafe. We like to think this is a good combination that allows people to work, rest and play in our buildings and courtyard.

There are lots of place to get an office in Sheffield and it is important to us that we offer more than just somewhere to plug your laptop in.
Edible greenery in our courtyard ...
 Where else can you get an office where  you can get your bike fixed, play table tennis, cook a pizza, get a new outfit, do yoga etc ...
Family Sunday planting ...
 If you want to join us we have a studio free on the ground floor on John St, with wonderful light fom the street and our courtyard. Get in touch if you are interested.

New signs next to new buzzer entry system ...

Monday, 6 July 2015

Harland Works Family Sunday 12th July 2015

We are looking forward to our monthly opening up of our building and our Family Sunday/Lego Club.

As well as our wonderful table of Lego, with Master Builder Tim, you can also have a go at making a hedgehog planter, with artist Emma, to take home and brighten up your garden. Or you can help create a large mural of woodland creatures ... the best painting wins a small prize. 

Or you can join us upcycling a wooden pallet and filling it with plants with gardener Kat.

Family Sunday Sundays start here at Harland Works on John Street at 2pm. The atmosphere is usually pretty relaxed and calm as kids Lego/do art/garden whie parents do a bit of relaxing on the sofas with a drink from the Cafe or join in with the kids.

As 4 approaches we pack it all up and all head home for tea.

It is best to book your tickets on Event Brite at this URL:

As well as enjoying hosting the Family Sundays Harland Works is a home to a number of thriving Sheffield businesses who have spaces around and above our sunny courtyard. We also a have Yoga Studio on the second floor and bike mechanics too. Let us know if you are looking for a studio/office/desk/room/event space....

Friday, 5 June 2015

Family Sunday coming up - June 14th, 2 til 4 pm

So much Lego! Come along and join us to play with Lego for our next family Sunday. All ages welcome - we've got some duplo for younger siblings and an opportunity to shoot some Lego animations for older siblings. Plus, as its June, we hope to be out in our sunny (we hope!) courtyard planting up some flowers and veg in a fab family gardening session led by gardener Kat from Heeley City Farm. Our lovely artist Emma is back this month too, with a wonderful art activity to get involved with ... so, alongside the tempting drinks, meals and delicious cakes on offer from the Harland Cafe, there's something for all the family! Tickets are £5 per child - BOOK yours here.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Studio on Courtyard coming up soon

The studio on the courtyard currently occupied by Chupinka Pottery will be free soon as they make their long planned move to the St Matthew's Art House Project in town - good luck!

This room never stays empty long as it is on the ground floor, has lovely light and is just such a flexible space with sink and cupboards.

Get in touch if you are interested 07967 144230.

We are also excited by the recent arrival of Fancy Sew and Sews in their own 1st floor studio above the Café ... entrance straight off John St.

As well as all this business stuff there is our monthly Family Sunday with Lego and gardening activities, as well as the opportunity to just chill out in the courtyard with a drink from the Café.

Might see you around!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The next Family Sunday is May 10th, 2 til 4 pm

We run Family Sundays on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2 til 4 pm - you can see some of the LEGO animations that got made at April's Family Sunday on our new YouTube channel.

For May 10th we've got LEGO club going on inside and - if the weather's ok - our second gardening session with Kat from Heeley City Farm will be outside in the courtyard. She'll be giving us family friendly gardening tips on how to plant up some seasonal veg to take home and grow on (complete with some Family Friendly Growing Instructions!).

And as always we'll have comfy sofas on hand for adults which are nicely complimented by the delicious food and drink available in the Harland Cafe.  

If you'd like to come along and join us on Sunday 10th from 2 til 4 pm, tickets are £5 per child and available on the door - or to be sure of your place, book and pay online via our eventbrite page.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Spring @ Harland Works


After a busy period of building work we are now enjoying the calm that comes with a Yoga Studio. Monica's ZagYoga Studio has fantastic light and her customers have added to the mix nicely.
Fly Cheese Studio have settled in well too in their courtyard unit opposite Chupinka Pottery who are moving on as planned after a fun 6 months (contact us if their unit appeals).
Cycles in Motion seem to keep an enormous number of cyclists on the bumpy Sheffield roads, including numerous commuters in the Norton Mayfield Architects and Ares Landscape Architects.
Running with Scissors continues to offer great courses, catered for by Harland Café of course and doubtless they'll be good company for Sew and Sew who are our newest residents.
Monthly Family Sundays are still popular, with Lego, gardening and art elements.
Come join us for Events, Workspace and Café at Harland Works, John St, Sheffield.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Read about ZagYoga our latest exciting additon to Harland Works

When ZagYoga’s Monica Bejarano left New Zealand for England, Sheffield stood out as the perfect location for a yoga teacher who is drawn to places that are green and creative and where the people are active and friendly. Four years on, Monica is moving her already successful Iyengar Yoga Studio into the thriving Harland Works on John Street.

Monica chose Harland Works “to be a part of and contribute to something bigger, as being part of a creative community is important to me. I also love that ZagYoga will be centrally located in a ex-saw factory and that stainless steel was invented next door”.

Sophy Hallam of Harland Works says that “we are delighted Monica is bringing ZagYoga here. It’ll be great to say we now offer events, workspace, yoga and of course the Harland Café. When our tenants heard she was coming there a real sense of excitement, as she was already known as someone who made yoga accessible and enjoyable to a wide range of people”.

Monica says” yoga is for everyone” and she is running free taster sessions as well as hosting Yoga for Kids alongside her already established classes. The Iyengar Yoga she teaches is “very practical, tangible and can help bring a sense of measure and proportion to our busy lives”.

Monica adds that Iyengar yoga is “known for being anatomically precise, offering stability for a safe practice”. Monica’s approach has made her very popular with the running, cycling and climbing communities in Sheffield who love her specialist classes that help them to prepare for and enjoy their sporting activities more now and stand them in good stead as they get older. Monica emphasises that “not being able to touch your toes is not a problem as ZagYoga uses a range of ‘props’ that help, those who need support and help. These include chairs, blocks and ropes!”.

 In New Zealand Monica taught regular classes with the Auckland Rugby Union, who have many players who go on to play for the All Blacks. The Academy wanted her to help players gain strength to help with recovery, flexibility and injury prevention, all things Iyengar yoga is great for.

Away from the Studio Monica enjoys the proximity of the hills of Peak District. She laughs that “Sheffield may not have the weather of where I grew up in Girona (Spain) where cycling is huge, but living nearby great countryside does still remind me of home”. At home she loves to cook and spend time with her kids and of course do Yoga. As she says her self “It is not just stretching!”.

Zagyoga's new Iyengar Studio will be opened on Sunday 15th March at Harland Works, 70 John Street, S2 4QU.
Enter the courtyard with Harland Cafe on your right, go up the metal stairs through the door and up another flight of stars as we are located on the second floor.

In addition to the existing classes, we are pleased to tell you that there will be a new 8 week starter course starting on Tuesday 6.00pm 14th April as well as a 'Yoga for Kids' class taught by Liz Whelan and a Thursday morning class taught by Helen Clay. Please see website for timetable. Please spread the word and tell your friends, family and community about Zag Yoga.

We are offering free taster classes through the first two weeks of opening. If you know of anybody wanting to start yoga please let them know.

Monday, 9 March 2015

ZagYoga Studio is coming to Harland Works

In under one week ZagYoga will be operating in their brand new bespoke studio on the 2nd floor of Harland Works. See the lovely new wooden windows on the picture above.

We are thrilled to add yoga to our offer of workspace, events and café ... especially a Monica is so full of energy and enthusiasm. We are sure she'll be popular with visitors and all our existing tenants!

More soon ...

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Family Sunday - March 8th, 2 til 4 pm

Spring is sprung!

Our first Family Sunday of 2015 is from 2 until 4 pm this Sunday! Book your tickets online here (£5 per child) or you can pay on the door if that's easier. 

Our theme is spring flowers - checkout these awesome Lego Cherry Blossom extravaganzas on pinterest for some inspiration.. 

Our exciting plans for Family Sundays in 2015 include inviting the lovely Kat from Heeley City Farm gardens to run some Family Gardening activities for us, starting with runner beans at our April event (12th). Come and join us to get your family growing something tasty each month .. serious gardeners might be interested in HCF's organic gardening course starting April 11th. 
This Sunday, 8th March, alongside our usual Family Sunday activities from 2 til 4 pm Sarah from Chupinka Pottery, a new tenant at Harland Works, is offering families the chance to have a go at making things in their new ceramics studio with a 2 hour drop in family pottery session for over 5s (£5 per child, 10 places available, pay Sarah on the door) to make & decorate an Easter egg cup. 

Monday, 2 March 2015

Spring @HarlandWorks

On the 2nd floor of Harland Works there is a wonderful room overlooking John St ... formerly it was the Century rehearsal room, where many a hopeful Sheffield band has got together and jammed away. Now it is being redeveloped for an exciting new tenant who we will feature on the blog after meeting up this week.

Below this room is another great space that has been a Turkish Community Club, but is also changing hands into another creative tenant who we will feature in the coming months.

Tim Fish has moved to a bigger space (good luck!) and now Fly Cheese have moved in off the courtyard opposite Chupinka and Dan and Rick of Cycle in Motion.

Norton Mayfield Architects are expanding again which means more nicely designed space on the first floor ... when we first met them we shared a desk at the Work Station!

Spring is definitely bringing new life at Harland Works this year.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Musical goings on @HarlandWorks

On Friday 30th January we are pleased to be hosting a night of acoustic music (see poster below).

Last weekend we hosted a 12 year old birthday party (projected xbox gaming/karaoke/mayhem)

Running with Scissors ran a rather more civilised button hole and zip workshop.

It's a vey flexible space, that regularly hosts and of course Lego Club.

The building also hosts guitar lesson guru Scott ....

Get in touch if you think you want to book

Hand Of presents: A Concert Series

A Concert Series presents a run of carefully curated gigs in an old shop front. These nights will exhibit Hand Of’s finest selection of home-grown artists spanning genres and cities across The Midlands and The North. We like to think of them as affectionate, multimedia notes to Sheffield and its people.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Enterprising wheel spinners @HarlandWorks

New Year saw the arrival of here at Harland Works. Already the studio off the courtyard looks fantastic.

Sarah will be running classes and open studio sessions and firing up the kilns. It's great being able to see into the studio and see people getting a thrill from making stuff, like their neighbours Dan and Rick of I imagine some of our architect tenants won't be able to resist booking on to a course or two.

We are also welcoming another new tenant soon who is creative with fabrics ... which will complement Running With Scissors ( who offer craft workshops in the shop now.

This week architects are expanding again, which is always good news: a) as it is great to see a business doing well; b) they do such lovely funky stuff with their spaces.

Work also starts on the big room on the 2nd floor soon and we'll do a post on that excting new tenant very soon. To give you a clue, Yoganna love it!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Economic recovery in Sheffield - you and us in 2015

It promises to be a long 4 months until the 2015 General Election. This week the argument  has been about the NHS, but the main debate will no doubt be about the economy (stupid).

If you come and visit us at Harland Works on John Street you'll find a busy café (, a steady flow of tenants going in and out of the courtyard/up the stairs, people dropping off bikes with Dan and Rick (, bands popping up to the recording studio ( and then people appearing for meetings and courses in various spaces. The atmosphere is one of a industry and there is an optimistic feeling in the air with economic vitality tangible.

The mainstream media view of this tends to be very London-centric and brave reporters only seem to arrive in the North, in places like Sheffield, to illustrate the desperate struggles we face and then ask Nick Clegg what he thinks/is going to do. Harland Works' verve does not necessarily fit that narrative.

One economic impact that Sheffield is particularly feeling is the cuts in the public sector workforce. This has hit many families hard, but has also created opportunities for others, especially through the growth in self-employment.

Starting off as a self-employed person can be a daunting prospect ... marketing/winning work/delivering it/book-keeping/insurance and IT quickly fill up your time and of course nobody else does anything when you are not at your desk. And if your desk is actually at the dining room table or in a corner of a bedroom then it can be difficult to get others (if not yourself) seriously.

With hard work and some luck you can look to link up with/employ others and then you need are more likely to need an office of some sort. Here at Harland Works Ricardo ( and Alastair ( now have sizeable offices have started off with one desk a few years ago.

We love having businesses grow in our building, perhaps starting as hot deskers, getting small office and then almost a whole floor in some case or even (sadly) having to move out for more space (Imperial Signs and Tim Fish Design).

So, if you are reading this in your bedroom we'd love to meet up (our place not yours!) and see if we can play a part in your contribution to Sheffield's economic recovery.

Call Sophy 07967 144230 or tweet us @harlandworks.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2014 was great, join us in 2015!

2014 has been a great year here at Harland Works. Stimulating and fun events, exciting new tenants and the ongoing development of the building.
The Events/Workspace/Café approach  means there is always something going on, someone to talk to/do business/have a coffee with in and around the courtyard.

We have 2 office spaces available at the moment. Please call Sophy 07967 144230 to arrange a look round, as well as hot desking and meeting event room booking possibilities.

Norton Mayfield Architects continue to grow and are expanding their rather funky office in the new year. They added a LASER cutting machine and their model making is now very impressive.

Ares Landscape Architects are always busy too ... their work on the Scottish Commonwealth Games being particularly noteworthy. have just had a very busy time with Christmas being when everyone wants wonderful gifts from theie online wonderland.
The Third Sector Café has thrived, thanks to the hard work of Laura (@spikycomms) and Sophy ( and of course all their wonderful speakers and participants from across the City.

Tenants have come together on a sultry summer evening to build a pizza oven at the back of the courtyard and then joined us for carols with the Escalfeld Chorale.

@2Flystudio has had a busy year ... Reverand and the Makers were seen amongst other up and coming hopeful bands looking for some of Alan's magic.

Dan and Rick of Cycles in Motion aare always very busy (the tenants alone seem to create a lot of work ... must be that pot holed London Road), building as well as repairing bikes.

New tenants include Scott (, 6 artists, a ceramicist ... oh, and yes there is the monthly Lego Club (notionally for kids).

Early in 2015 work starts on an exciting redevelopment of the large room on the 2nd floor over looking John Street for a tenant we are very excited about, as are many of our tenants, who we expect to be in there. We cannot wait to the day we can say who it is!

So, 2014 was great, come and see us/join us in 2015!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Social Stitching on 16th October

We have a brilliant event coming up at Harland Works.

One of our lovely tenants - Running with Scissors - is turning 5 years old and hosting a Social Stitching & Crafting evening for charity.

If you have a project you'd love to start (or one that you'd love to finish) why not book a ticket for Thursday 16th October for some social stitching and crafting? You'll enjoy a friendly atmosphere at the Harland Cafe (with hot drinks, beer and wine for sale) and get the chance to swap tips whilst you sew (or glue, or stuff, or patch, or knit). Or if you need a sewing machine you can book a place in Spaceworks (our ground floor shared office space, where Running with Scissors is based).

And bring along your friends too - this evening is running from 5:30-9pm and will be raising money for the Micro Loans Foundation. Tickets can be found here, and the evening will include a stall selling crafty supplies (proceeds to Micro Loans Foundation) so you can stock up and donate at the same time!

Running with Scissors always runs workshops for crafty individuals at Harland Works, for a full calendar, click here.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Autumn of Family LEGO® & Art Club

There were some tip top spaceships made at our Space Vehicles themed Family LEGO® & Art Club in September! Some made of bricks and some of card, glue, paint and glitter (with rainbow-coloured go-faster streamers on too).

It was great to hear the creators talking about their spaceships too - the symmetry of the design, the weapons on board and the defense shields too.

On Sunday 19th October we'll be hosting a Monster themed Family LEGO® & Art Club, where you'll be able to Make-a-Monster with artist Emma or build a whole family of critters from our LEGO® bricks - tickets are available now.

We're looking forward to seeing some Monsters!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Celebrating our tenants

We're celebrating summer achievements and welcoming new comers too!

Over the summer, Tim Fish Design celebrated getting a D&AD In Book award for their collaborative work on the Bac Advancing Back Care Shoulder Brace - see what it looks like here.

In addition, we're celebrating welcoming a new tenant - Scott runs Perfect Cadence (live music for weddings and other events) and will be based in Harland Works from October. Happy days!

If you are looking for a unit to rent, do get in touch and let us show you the spaces available.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Pizza Party

Our courtyard pre-sprucing
Our courtyard sits between the two buildings that make up Harland Works (Harland Works and Clifton Works) and it is shared by all the Harland tenants. It's seen a lot of action, LEGO building, painting, drawing and also bike fixing.

The lovely Norton Mayfield Architects facilitated a workshop to plan the spruce-up of this communal space and Harland tenants stepped up to the plate on Friday 18th July.

Courtyard furniture designs by Norton Mayfield were built by Harland tenants (these benches have space for pots of herbs to be grown in - perfect pizza garnish!)
The completed tables were sanded and bunting (cut out by Harland tenants & stitched together by Running with Scissors) was hung up all over the courtyard.
Then of course we needed a pizza oven to fuel all the hard work... (click here to see the pizza production line)
The evening rounded off with a well deserved pizza party after a lot of work.
Well done everybody!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Fantastical Cities

What a wonderful Sunday on John Street.

Just in front of a real building site (dormant on a Sunday), there was a whole cityscape being constructed in record time. 

The Fantastical Cities event by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and SSA (Sheffield Society of Architects) was part of Design Week in Sheffield. Fantastical Cities was a chance for families to build their own buildings as part of one big cardboard city on John Street, with the road closed off, it gave everyone a large space to build on. We learnt that foundations (gaffer tape) are important for tall buildings to survive the Sheffield breeze!

The city was mapped out in chalk, with roads and rails set out to connect all the buildings together - even complete with bridges and zebra crossings. There was a choice of supermarkets alongside a church, a cinema, a hotel and a variety of sky scrapers. Entertainment was aplenty too, with a cinema, swimming pool and ferris wheel. No need to worry about powering all these buildings either, as a power station, power lines and pylons were also constructed.

It really is amazing what you can make out of cardboard, tape and lots of imagination. Thank you to all the families that came and built a new city on John Street - see more pictures on our Harland Works Twitter page.