The Sheffield Civic Trust  is part of the national civic movement,  a voluntary, non-political, grassroots organisation encouraging wider public awareness of Sheffield’s buildings, places and spaces; stating its views to the city’s authorities.

In readiness for the our AGM 2014, we believe that this will be a pivotal year for the City’s new retail quarter –  the biggest and most significant development that will help shape our city for decades to come.  The Trust has the opportunity to be central to the public consultation on these developments and to bring informed debate to bear on the proposals.


The Sheffield Civic Trust should:

  • Stimulate public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of the city and locality.
  • Champion the very best design in our buildings and public spaces.
  • Encourage the development and improvement of features of the city environment.
  • Promote and organise co-operation in the achievement of these objectives


The Sheffield Design Awards, initiated and maintained by us in partnership with RIBA Yorkshire, is a biennial celebration to encourage the best in architecture, urban design and landscaping.

Design Reviews are the SCT’s focused consideration of specific planning applications which influence planning decisions. Instances are the (first) application for the closure of the station bridge as thoroughfare where our objection was instrumental to its refusal: and for Portland Works in which our objections helped protect it against developers plans and supported its shared ownership.

Our Building Visions film programme showcase filmic inspiration of the built environment.

Sheffield Debates well attended provocative debates discussing burning topics such as Sheffield’s empty shops; the significance of beauty; the Tinsley cooling towers; and the planned redevelopment of the city.

The national organisation The Civic Voice was hosted here for their 2011 AGM ; it gave an opportunity to showcase wonderful Sheffield to delegates from all over the UK!

Heritage Open Days opens access to significant buildings in the city. This successful, annual event ensures that the public can see inside spaces and buildings of all kinds – private, commercial, religious, heritage, industrial – to which they would not normally have access. SCT co-ordinates Sheffield’s contribution to this important event in the calendar when we can all learn more about our built environment and appreciate some of its gems of historical and artistic merit.


  • Civic Voice
  • Residents Against Station Closure
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Sheffield Society of Architects
  • Sheffield University Architecture Students
  • Sheffield Wildlife Trust
  • Yorkshire & Humberside Association of Civic Societies

See Also

SCT Trustees

SCT Constitution (PDF download)