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Paternoster lift and views

The Arts Tower is 78 meters tall and roughly 50 years old building. We rode in the paternoster lift... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
BeachStone2C
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Modernist beauty

I really can't believe some of these reviews here! The Arts Tower is a fine example of modernist... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Taymaz A
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

The Arts Tower itself is a real landmark in the city. It might not be to everyone's taste but I like it. Plus I think it is the tallest university building in the country. It is really easy to get to- either a short walk out of the centre of town or get off at the University of Sheffield tram stop.

As well as a regular lift inside it has a paternoster lift- if you've never seen how they work it is worth looking up footage. Essentially they don't have a front to the lift and they don't stop- you just step off or on at the floor you want. To make it safe the speed isn't very high.

I've wanted to go on one for such a long time. I'd heard that the university doesn't mind visitors using it and it was no problem when we went. I was really surprised it went as high as 18 floors. On that floor there is a great view- you have to step into the rooms on either side to get there but as long as they aren't being used you aren't doing any harm popping in.

The lift took a little getting used to but the slow speed means it wasn't too scary.

Would recommend to any visitor to Sheffield or indeed Sheffield resident, it really is quite an experience.

2  Thank AlexSwallow
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Being interested in engineering, i visited the Arts Tower of Sheffield University to see one of the few working Paternoster lift in existence.
Its not really a tourist attraction being situated in a university building, the staff don't mind you having a look or riding the lift.
Arrived at 08:30 and it wasn't working, but speaking with a member of staff, she said it only works when the porters are on duty, and come 08:45 it was up and running - in fact i was the first person on that morning, riding up in one of the cages to the 18th floor for impressive city views through the design offices.
Then the equally impressive ride down, through care must be taken getting off the lift!
From the outside, the university building is non-descript, but hiding inside is a true marvel of engineering!

1  Thank 923Dan
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The Arts Tower is 78 meters tall and roughly 50 years old building. We rode in the paternoster lift all the way up. We simply walked around in the top floor and enjoyed the views. The floor seemed to be space for architecture students on a long break during our visit. Nobody asked us to sign in or show an id, in fact we hardly saw anybody.

Thank BeachStone2C
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

I really can't believe some of these reviews here! The Arts Tower is a fine example of modernist architecture and is, in my opinion, a fascinating building. There is no doubt that a matter like this is very much down to personal taste. I might like it and another might not. But what is certain is that The Arts Tower, regardless of our aesthetic preferences, is an important landmark which perfectly exemplifies an important style of architecture and taste of a particular era (mid-20th Century, that is).

And, then what would really be cooler than a paternoster lift? This lift has always been an entertaining object for me. Every now and then I get on it and stay on for quite a bit of time, going up and down. It's particularly exciting after the 18th land the underground level when the lift is turning to go down/up.

Thank Taymaz A
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Visited The Arts Tower once and enjoyed a great view of Sheffield. You don't really get that any where else. The building may not look great from the outside but seems rather functional and the constantly moving lift is great if you want to move only 1 -3 floors up or down.

1  Thank FriendlySpider
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

Visited the Arts Tower in the 70s and wanted to revisit. Its an open building and so able to see the inside - especially the Paternoster Lift. Worth seeing and if possible travelling on - If you dont know what it is look it up on Wikipedia. A great structure still serving a perfect service. Not sure if you should ask permission firt before a visit but There were no people or notices saying otherwise. Good to see inside and outside.

Thank Howard-Liverpool
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Terribly designed. Architecture popular 30 years ago but nothing special today. Paternoster (a continually moving elevator) is slow and doesn't feel great. Overall not worth any sort of trip but if you're passing may as well.

Thank sapphire81
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

It was originally designed to have four lifts in the core but the paternoster replaced two of them during the design stage, to get easily between nearby floors, without waiting for a lift or using the stairs. Sometimes people travelled full height in the paternoster to avoid waiting for the two remaining lifts.
It was a great place to study and had marvellous views all round. Still is?
A myth says the top floors are always lit to warn planes. Er, no. It's the architecture students working late, or through the night.
Lots of local tv, radio and phone transmitters now hide behind the louvred top section.
A strong wind bouncing off the front makes it difficult to walk to the doors, but once there you get sucked in!
A recent refurb is apparently not particularly successful. A current student tells me the wind still whistles in at every window (as in the 60's and 70's, and they complain about bad layouts and details.

Thank nuf_said_11
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Reviewed 1 December 2015

Living nearby, I used to take my kids up in the paternoster to admire the views. Now there are security guards, and I suspect the unauthorised won't get in. Great views if you do manage to get to the top.

Thank AliAl-Aswad
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Reviewed 20 November 2015

The Arts Tower is of interest from an architectural perspective and it is of interest due to the Paternoster lift system. I studied languages here many years ago and now it seems to be totally architecture students. It is a Sheffield icon.

Thank wombatdavid
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