The Keith Hayman Award recognises outstanding contributions to the experience of public art in Sheffield. It has become an annual award, made in conjunction with the Sheffield Design Awards [SDA], with which Keith was heavily involved in its formative days.

Read more about the history of the KHA here

The KHA was awarded for the fifth and sixth time in 2021 thus bringing us back ‘up-to-date’ after Covid restrictions, with the focus still on public art.

The awards were made alongside an opening event for the SDA 2022 which is now an independent charity working with both SCT and the Sheffield Society of Architects.

The Winners and a Highly Commended for 2020 & 2021 were:

‘Hemispheres’, by Owen Waterhouse on Green Lane, Kelham Island 
(Winner, Sculpture/Relief 2020)

‘Workings of Sheffield’, by Will Rea in Orchard Square
(Winner, Mural 2020)
‘Great Sheffield Flood Project’, by Steve Roche at Lidl, Malin Bridge
(Winner, Sculpture/Relief 2021)

‘Growing City’, by Jo Peel, planting by Nigel Dunnett on Yorkshire Artspace, Brown Street
(Winner, Mural 2021)
‘New Era Giant Pandas’, by Hatch Architects in New Era Sq.
(Highly Commended, Sculpture/Relief 2021)

Nominations for the KHA were taken from members of SCT and SDA, the public, officers of the Sheffield City Council and artists themselves, for any work on public display in Sheffield which was installed or produced since 2018 and made a significant contribution to the public realm.

The remaining shortlist was as follows:

  • Jarvis Cocker, by Bubba 2000 on The Fat Cat
  • Stone Scissors, by Robin Loxley at Kelham Island Museum
  • Grey to Green II, sculptural benches and totems by various artists,​Castlegate
  • Park Hill Plinths, by various artists at Park Hill
  • Raw Quality, by Matthew Jarratt at Park Hill
  • Salmon of Steel, by Jason Heppenstall at Sheffield Station
  • Blockscape, glazing patterns by Peter Griffiths on West Street
  • Bounce!, pavement mural by Florence Blanchard at Site Square, Charles Street
  • Metamorphosis, mural by Liz von Graevenitz at Sharrow Community Forum

The Awards Event was held at Perch on Garden St. Sheffield on 18th November when Jim Bell of Arup, representing our Sponsors, the Sheffield Property Association, welcomed over 30 guests; Andrew Skelton, Public Art Officer, Sheffield City Council gave the keynote address on the important contribution of art in the widest sense to the public realm and both our enjoyment and sense of place. Trustees of SCT and SDA spoke of Keith Hayman, the association with the Design Awards and the differing contributions of the shortlist before announcing the winners. Janet Hayman, Keith’s widow, presented the Winners’ certificates. Perch provided a comfortable and appropriate setting for an enjoyable evening, sealed with a take-home bottle of beer specially brewed for the occasion.

The next awards will be made in Autumn 2022 for any artwork not previously submitted which was completed since 1st January 2020. We sincerely hope that our members and supporters will start straight away noting artworks which might become suitable nominations next year. SCT can accept nominations at any time until a closing date which will be published in due course.

The evening was a lively and encouraging occasion on which to celebrate the achievements of artists on behalf of our city.

Public art does so much to brighten up and enliven our City, SCT feels it is important to continue to recognise its contribution.

All further enquiries or nominations please to Jim Monach:


Last year’s winner: Plantables, University of Sheffield & David Appleyard

The Keith Hayman Award for public art has been part of the biennial Sheffield Design Awards for a number of years. Named in memory of Keith Hayman, a keen artist and SCT Trustee, it is presented to the artist judged to have contributed most to the enhancement of Sheffield’s public realm in the two years preceding the award.

In celebration of Sheffield Design Awards becoming a registered charity, a retrospective event will be held this autumn (more details coming soon) at which the Keith Hayman Award will be launched as an annual prize judged, as in previous years, by the SCT Trustees.

If you know of a piece of new public art, mural or sculpture, please get in touch and let us know. All suggestions will form a longlist from which a shortlist will be taken and put before Trustees and a specially invited advisor from the city’s artistic community.

To be eligible for longlisting, the work needs to be sited within the city boundary and have been completed in the last two years.

Sheffield Design Award Winners building visits

The Long Barn – Conservation Award winner (Chiles, Evans and Care)

Over the coming months, the Sheffield Society of Architects has arranged a selection of building visits to some of the winners from the 2018 Sheffield Design Awards. Promoting design excellence across the City Region, the planned visits include:


The Long Barn  – Conservation Award winner (Chiles, Evans and Care)


National College for High Speed Rail – Large Project Award winner (Bond Bryan Architects)

Dam View – Residential Award winner (Robin Ashley Architects)


Leavygreave Plantables – Open Space Award winner (Grant Associates & David Appleyard)


The Glassworks – Residential Award highly commended  (CODA)

These projects showcase the variety of areas which the Sheffield Design Awards cover, including the residential, education and public realm sectors.

Not only do the visits include significant projects from well-known national architects such as the National College for High Speed Rail, designed by Bond Bryan Architects, they also incorporate entrants from much smaller practices such as The Long Barn by Chiles, Evans and Care, which reflects the scope of projects which are being constructed in the region, and the diversity of design.

To find out more about the forthcoming visits, please follow @RIBA_SSA and book your place. For more information on the Design Awards please follow @SHFdesignawards

National College for High Speed Rail, Bond Bryan Architects – Large Project Award winner

Sheffield Design Awards 2018

The Sheffield Design Awards culminated with the fantastically attended Awards Ceremony, held last night at the Trafalgar Warehouse.

A record number of entries was reduced to a shortlist of 16 which was visited by the judging panel. Fittingly, the Editor of Sheffield Newspapers, Nancy Fielder was our compere for the evening, and their support continues with excellent coverage of the event.

The refurbishment and extension of Albert Works (pictured), home to marketing agency Jaywing, by Cartwright Pickard Architects, scooped the Overall Award, as well as the Large Project Award.

Our Patron, the Master Cutler represented by the immediate past Master, Ken Cooke presented a new Award, Lifetime Achievement for a Building in Use, to the Peace Gardens on the eve of their 20th anniversary

Leavygreave Plantables by Artist David Appleyard.
Leavygreave Plantables by Artist David Appleyard, Keith Hayman Award winner 2018

Winners in full:

Outstanding Project: Albert Works, Cartwright Pickard
People’s Choice: Chatsworth Bird Hide, Peak Architects
Lifetime Achievement of ‘Building’ In-Use: Peace Gardens, SCC
Open Space: Plantables, University of Sheffield & David Appleyard
Conservation: The Long Barn, CECA
Residential: Dam View, Robin Ashley Architects
Large Project: Albert Works, Cartwright Pickard
Medium Project: Site Gallery, DRDH
Small Project: Public Bar, Melling Ridgeway & Partners
Keith Hayman Award for Public Art: Plantables, University of Sheffield & David Appleyard


The biennial Sheffield Design Awards (SDA) held its 2018 launch at the Town Hall on 10th May. Master Cutler, Ken Cooke, gave a hearty and supportive speech to open the call for entries.

Now open for submissions by built environment professionals, the awards celebrate high design quality in buildings, open spaces and public art – those which make a substantial contribution to the local environment and encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest within the Sheffield City Region.

Information on the SDAs, sponsorship opportunities and how to enter are at
Schemes must be within the Sheffield City Region area and must have been completed between 1 st June 2015 and 1 st June 2018 to qualify for entry. The entry deadline is 27th June.
Winners will be lauded at the celebration event on Thursday 25th October at Trafalgar Warehouse in Sheffield city centre.

The 2018 Awards are currently sponsored by Sheffield City Council, Glazing Vision, Counter Context, DeltaLight, MSA, Tarmac, Taylor Maxwell, Tobermore, Quatro and Choriso.

For more details go to and follow updates on Twitter @SHFdesignawards.


Launch of the 2018 Sheffield Design Awards

The Sheffield Civic Trust and Sheffield Society of Architects warmly invite you to the

Launch of the 2018 Sheffield Design Awards

to be held Thursday 10th May, 5.30pm at Sheffield Town Hall.

Register for your free ticket here

The launch will introduce the categories for this year’s awards, the entry and judging process, and give details of the awards ceremony, to be held in October. We are also pleased to announce the our

Guest Speaker – Rob Murfin, Chief Planning Officer of Sheffield City Council

We do hope that you will join us, beginning with a drinks reception at 5.30pm.

Sheffield Design Awards

The Sheffield Design Awards (SDAs) are a bi-annual event, with the awards ceremony to be held next in October 2018. The Sheffield Design Awards are a joint scheme of the Sheffield Civic Trust and the Sheffield Society of Architects and were established for the benefit of the public and City of Sheffield and its region, with the following objectives:

  1. To promote high standards of building and open spaces that have excellent architectural standards and make a substantial contribution to the local environment principally through the promotion of an Awards scheme.
  2. To educate and inform the local population in the qualities of good planning and architecture which respect the needs of the public, as well as the concerns of planners, developers and users of significant buildings and open spaces in the area of benefit.
  3. To encourage by publications, presentations and making awards the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area of benefit.

Awards are given to buildings and open spaces that have high architectural standards and make a substantial contribution to the local environment. The Awards are made after a shortlist of 12 nominated schemes is visited by a panel of invited judges and the Awards decided. The Award categories and winners in 2016 were:

  • Outstanding Project of the Year Award [Overall prize winner] Grey to Green
  • Conservation Award – 81 Slinn St. Walkley
  • Small Project Award – Foodhall
  • Contribution to Open Spaces Award – Grey to Green
  • Best Building Award – Blackburn Meadows
  • Housing / Residential Award – 81 Slinn St.
  • People’s Choice Award – Foodhall
  • Keith Hayman Award for cycling or public art – Women of Steel

SFNR Sheffield Design Week Ride – Friday 19 June 2015

Friday Night Ride photo
Sheffield Friday Nigh tRide photo by Gemma Thorpe for Our Favourite Places.

Report by Mick Nott

Just over 30 people made the 80th Sheffield FridayNightRide (SFNR). The theme was Sheffield Design Week and we cycled to the locations of the buildings that won awards from the Sheffield Civic Trust/RIBA Yorkshire in November 2014.  We started from the courtyard at Sellers Wheel and embarked on a 9 mile ride around Sheffield to finish at SUM Studios.  None of us were architects or designers and that made it interesting in that none of us were really sure why some of the buildings were winners, and the reasons for the awards are not made clear on the Sheffield Civic Trust website.

So with a nod to the pleasant space of the courtyard in the off-white, modern looking Sellers Wheel we set off to make our way to the UTC at the junction of Matilda St and Shoreham St.  We thought the building looks well styled and the new external frontages are well proportioned.  The new build on a busy corner has an entrance that is obvious and with a glass frontage that draws one in, in contrast to many college and school buildings that are often confounding to enter. We looked up and noted the glass balustrade and thought that indicates the roof-top must be an open space of some sort.  That set us thinking why is that and we suggested was it a space where students and staff could leave inside to go outside?  There does not appear to be any playground or outdoor recreational space unlike most schools or colleges.  We walked up the pavement to look at how the shell of the old works had been both preserved and neatly renovated to house a new interior for a novel educational establishment.

However the first impression is that the building doesn’t have pleasant access for any mode of transport.  It’s on a very busy road junction so pedestrians have to cross rivers of traffic or walk along pavements, some very narrow, alongside heavy road traffic to get there.  We needed space to assemble to look at the building so to get on the pavement on Matilda St opposite the UTC we cycled from Sellers Wheel past the Leadmill.  The route involved some pavement cycling and dropping off kerbs to get the best approach as the one way road system restricts access.  There are five cycle stands outside the entrance but getting there on a bike would be for the confident and experienced cyclist and you don’t see many bikes there.  Surely we should be encouraging students to cycle to study? And that sets one off thinking if all the students living within, say 5 miles of the UTC, chose or even demanded to cycle to study then could, would or should the UTC be able to provide safe and secure cycle parking for all who want or need it?

If you travelled to it by car then where to park your car is not obvious (at the side of the building off Shoreham St?).  Car parking is not allowed on the roads and car access must be severely restricted. That makes sense in a city and it makes sense for this college.  We thought it recruited students from across South Yorkshire and for students then the station and bus interchange are a short walk away.  It was noted that there is nowhere for courier vehicles to park to drop off or pick up deliveries from the reception and they have to park on double yellow lines on or off the pavement therefore blocking movement of road and foot traffic for everybody. Does this place have any kind of meaningful travel and access plan?

And that sets one questioning about where are the boundaries of building design?  Is the boundary the envelope of the building itself or does the design also need to consider how goods, fixtures and fittings and people get in and out the building and what facilities are needed or appropriate to enable safe and pleasant access for different abilities and the needs of both the people who function in the building and the public who use the space adjacent to the building? Or do the building designers have to or volunteer to work with urban space designers – or vice-versa? And why are we building a college in one of the hot spots for air pollution in the city which could have insidious, long-term detrimental effects on the health of students and staff? Does the building filter the air in some way ….?

But hold on, we’re on a bike ride and we haven’t gone more than half a mile and we have already got a conversation and discussion going.  Our heads are buzzing; people are listening and chipping in, thinking about their city and what kind of urban environment we want or need for the future.  So if the 2016 judging panel want to justify their choices of award winners then perhaps they need to take people on a bike ride so they can talk about the criteria for selection and get a conversation going about the design of Sheffield’s urban space.

The ride carried on (we skipped West St because tram lines are accidents waiting to happen for cyclists) up to King Edwards, across the Porter Valley and climbed over Ecclesall Rd South to descend to Millhouses Lane and then down and up the sides of the Sheaf valley to Moor View Rd . Here we had a spontaneous event when Claire at number 41, having noted 30 people with bikes clustered outside her house admiring the (Farrow and Ball?) paint-job, the restored glass at the ginnel entrance, the zingurie on the window bay, came out and talked to us about the scope of the work they had done in developing the terraced house for the future.  That was greatly appreciated by all and it’s all part of the happening of a SFNR.

We finished with a descent from Woodseats into Heeley to visit SUM Studios which won three or four of the 2014 SCT awards.  Andy Jackson, the MD of the client, Heeley Development Trust (HDT), met us outside and told us a story.  The story was about how, once upon a time, HDT saw an opportunity to turn the mothballed 1896 Anns Grove school into a community asset that would provide space for work and community activities and how fate, fortune and determination combined and enabled HDT to acquire the buildings and the funding to begin the development. He continued the story inside SUM Studios and we were awed by the vision and design that created such a fit-for-purpose, harmonious, light and warm environment.  We responded with lots of lots of questions about the building, the occupants and had there been any teething issues.  Andy was delighted to have the opportunity to discuss and explain lessons learned and plans for the future. Replete with food for thought we concluded by cementing our comradeship in the Brothers Arms.

Sheffield FridayNightRide maps the city by chosen themes or topics.  Each theme provides a different layer for mapping the city.  Layer is a term used by Google maps where you can put one map on each layer and then overlay the maps on each other and see them together.  Each SFNR has a different theme so that is 80 layers of the city.  The theme (or layer) of a ride has not necessarily been restricted to a singular academic subject, for example, the map for the ride on the theme of JG Graves plotted mainly Points Of Interest (POI) that are associated with Graves’ philanthropy, but did not plot the places associated with Graves’ mail order business.  Some themes have been whimsical layers, for example, in 2012 on the Friday of the final of the World Snooker Championships we cycled to places associated with the colours of the balls on a snooker table.

Each theme is a particular layer.  These layers are not geological strata which exist at different physical levels with some being deeper than others.  The SFNR layers are all on the surface of the city and co-exist in that space.  I think of them as a geographical representation of Sheffield that show a potentially infinite number of spatial worlds in the city maybe equivalent with the many-worlds interpretation in physics where there are considered to be an infinite number of worlds at the same time.  Each of us, as an individual, if we mapped our presence in the city, will have created our own personal layer where we have lived, loved, worked, studied, partied and so on through time.  And all of us on the last ride share another one of the infinite layers.

In November 2014 Sheffield FridayNightRide was awarded the Inaugural Keith Hayman Award by the Sheffield Civic Trust in recognition of its “outstanding contribution to the cycling experience in Sheffield.”


Sheffield Urban Design Week

Sheffield Urban Design Week is an annual series of events bringing together built environment practitioners, students, local residents and anyone with an interest in the shape of the city.

Sheffield Urban Design Week will take place between Thursday 16th October to Saturday 25th October 2014.

This includes the presentation of the Sheffield Design Awards on Friday 17th October.

You can view the full programme of events and sign up at

Sheffield Design Awards 2014

The Sheffield Design Awards (SDA) are delivered in partnership by Sheffield Civic Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire. The SDA are held every two years and open to any project within the city’s boundary.

The Judging Panel has shortlisted the following schemes that demonstrate the best design of building projects within the Sheffield city boundary for the Sheffield Design Awards 2014:-

  • King Edward VII Upper School (HLM)
  • University Technical College (HLM)
  • The Werringer House (Prue Chiles Architects)
  • 41 Moor View Road (Claire and David Kemp)
  • Sellers Wheel (Cartwright Pickard)
  • West Street (Coda Studios Ltd)
  • AMRC Design Prototyping Testing Centre (Bond Bryan Studios)
  • AMRC Training Centre (Bond Bryan Studios) and
  • Sum Studios (Studio Gedye Ltd)

Entries for SDA 2014 are now closed, but look out for the awards presentation event where the winners will be announced at The Arts Tower, University of Sheffield during Urban Design Week on Friday 17 October 2014.

Members of the public are also invited to vote for their favourite new building in Sheffield in the People’s Award. CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE’S AWARD HERE