Join us for Wildlife Trust’s Centenary Riverside Walk – 5.50pm Friday 4 May 2012

Thanks to the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham please join us next Friday evening for a trip to Centenary Riverside, its urban wetland nature park.

We’ll meet at Sheffield bus station at 5.50pm on Friday 4th May before travelling to and from the site by bus.

On the outward journey we’ll take the following bus: Number 69 (First) – 6.05 pm from Sheffield Interchange, arriving at Ickles, Sheffield Road/Bradmarsh Way 6.40pm. The return journey will be: Number 69 (First) – 8.21pm from Ickles, Sheffield Road/Fullerton Road, arriving back at Sheffield Interchange for 8.48pm.  We then intend to retire to The Sheffield Tap for a pint!

Please tell your friends.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Centenary Riverside - Thanks to

The I Love You Bridge

Who wrote ‘Clare Middleton I Love You Will U Marry Me’ on a Sheffield bridge?  Daring grafitti written at Park Hill 130 feet above the ground has inspired many stories but the truth turns out to be tragic and bittersweet.  Here’s the link to the BBC Radio 4 programme, The I Love You Bridge first broadcast in August 2011

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and repeated earlier this week.


Lover's grafitti now encapsulated in neon at Park Hill

The Clash’s first ever gig was in Sheffield!

The Clash played their first gig at The Black Swan pub in Sheffield on 4 July 1976 along with The Buzzcocks supporting The Sex Pistols.  The band played a four song set that night, which included Protex Blue – later to feature on their debut album The Clash (released on 8 April 1977).  The line-up for the Black Swan gig was Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonen, Keith Levene and Terry Chimes.

The Black Swan ('Mucky Duck')

The Black Swan (‘Mucky Duck’) on Snig Hill played host to numerous perfomers over the years including, amongst others, Joe Cocker, AC/DC and Genesis.

In its more recent incarnation as The Boardwalk, it continued as music venue until it closed in November 2010.

Local groups like the Arctic Monkeys and Little Man Tate honed their considerable talents here too.

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Sheffield – City of Peace

City of Peace - Photograph and Sculpture by Richard Bartle

Next time you are in the Peace Gardens look up at the chimney over the Ha Ha Bar 8-12 St Paul’s Parade.  You’ll see a stainless steel sculpture, by Sheffield based artist Richard Bartle, which features seven life-size doves.  Richard’s work is inspired by Pablo Picasso’s visit to Sheffield for the Second World Peace Congress held at Sheffield City Hall in November 1950.

During his visit to Sheffield, Picasso arrived at Sheffield Midland railway station carrying a bouquet of chrysanthemums and wearing an old raincoat and blue beret. He was welcomed by members of the local communist party, the press, and the public, and taken on a tour of the city. He ate a bacon sandwich at Thorpe’s cafe in Fargate; had his hair trimmed at Peckitt’s barbers, and drew a ‘dove of peace’ on a napkin in Butler’s Dining Rooms.

The Congress was to be a special debate on the Korean War, but the Government at the time refused to allow important speakers into the country and it was abandoned. However, Picasso gave a short speech at the City Hall, recalling that he had learnt to paint doves from his father, and ending by saying “I stand for life against death; I stand for peace against war.”

Later whilst returning to London he drew another Dove of Peace on a napkin, which he gave to the bodyguard who had accompanied him around the city. This drawing is part of Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust’s collection and is on permanent display at the Weston Park Museum.

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Civic Voice AGM Comes to Sheffield

We are delighted to be able to confirm that Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England, will hold its AGM in Sheffield on 14/15 October 2011.

Civic Voice aims to make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and promotes civic pride.

In what will be a busy month for the city, with the Stirling Prize Dinner, Urban Design Week and Off The Shelf all taking place, representatives from 200 civic societies and trusts are expected to visit Sheffield for the two day event and will spend time visiting various attractions and sharing experiences of improving and celebrating the quality of their local areas.

Sheffield’s Best Buildings Revealed

It’s official; Sheffield’s favourite new building is Leopold Square as voted for by people living and working in the city, as part of the Sheffield Design Awards 2010.

Leopold Square, designed by Axis Architecture, was announced the winner of the People’s Award at the Sheffield Design Awards ceremony which was held last night at the Showroom Cinema.  The University of Sheffield’s Soundhouse building, designed by Carey Jones Chapmantolcher, was runner up in the Peoples’ Award category.

London-based architects Allies and Morrison’s ‘Cheese Grater’ Charles Street Car Park won the People’s Award at the inaugural Sheffield Design Awards in 2008.

The bi-annual Sheffield Design Awards also invite industry professionals and members of the public to cast their votes for the city’s best buildings in a competition run in partnership by Sheffield Civic Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire.

Tom Bloxham MBE of Urban Splash hosted this year’s event and announced the winners as:

Commenting on the awards, Tom Bloxham said: “The consistently high quality of entries to the 2010 Sheffield Design Awards shows that the city continues to push the boundaries of design excellence. These awards celebrate outstanding contemporary architecture in the city and I commend Sheffield Civic Trust and the RIBA for hosting this important event.”

Our Secretary Simon Gedye added: “We had hundreds of votes for the People’s Award which proves yet again how much pride people take in their city. Leopold Square is clearly loved by the many people who used it and I am delighted that Axis Architecture have received recognition for their outstanding work.”

Emma England, head of RIBA Yorkshire, was delighted with the awards ceremony and said: “I’m delighted with the results of this year’s Sheffield Design Awards.  Although entry numbers were down on 2009 the quality of the winning projects is outstanding.  Cemetery Road Apartments have set a new standard for residential development in the city with wonderfully designed internal spaces and a clever response to the site.  Western Bank Library is an interesting project on a national level.  Refurbishment of these modern buildings is a developing field but Avanti have completed this with sensitivity and talent”

Love Sheffield? Join Sheffield Civic Trust and make it even better…

If you love Sheffield join us now, become part of the national civic movement and help make our city even better.

Join Sheffield Civic Trust and you’ll be supporting our activities in promoting Heritage Open Days, Design Reviews on major projects like Sheffield Hallam University’s Charles Street development, our fabulous Sheffield Design Awards, which this week confirmed Leopold Square (below) as Sheffield’s favourite new building, and an extensive programme of events for our members throughout the year.

We are presently working with Urban Splash to secure a tour of its Park Hill development for members later this Spring.

Annual membership is only £10 Individuals or £15 for Families.  To join on line please click here. Alternatively, you can pop a cheque in the post (made payable to Sheffield Civic Trust) to our Membership Secretary, Liz Godfrey at Sheffield Civic Trust c/o 22 Endcliffe Glen, Sheffield, S11 8RW.

Sheffield Station – Pedestrian Access

Seems like East Midlands Trains (EMT) may have had a change of heart about the introduction of barriers to prevent pedestrian access through Sheffield Station.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive‘s (SYPTE)most recent annual survey (October 2010) on use of the station footbridge suggests that 60,000 pedestrian trips take place through the station each month by people not making train journeys.

We understand that Sheffield City Council Officers are in talks with EMT about a Voluntary Walkway Agreement  which would recognise pedestrians right to use the footbridge through the station without carrying a rail ticket.  Significantly, EMT’s operating franchise expires in 2015 and the next round of franchises will be awarded for a 20 year period.

In the meantime, it’s important that people continue to express their right to walk across the station footbridge when travelling between Norfolk Park, Park Hill, Sheaf Valley Park and Sheaf Square.

There are no Compulsory Ticket Areas at Sheffield Midland Station and therefore, according to the Railways Act 2005 and Rail Bye Law 17, you are free to walk through the station to and from town without a ticket provided you are not intending to travel by train.

The footbridge, which is open throughout the day and for much of the night time, is a vital and valuable public asset that provides a safe route to and from town.  There are not many issues in Sheffield that can be said to have united public opinion so effectively!  Nearly everyone save for EMT recognise the fact that closure of the footbridge to pedestrians would be a retrograde step.

Remember it’s our station and our bridge!

The Draughtsman’s Contract – ‘Building Visions’

Tonight (November 18) at 6.15pm for 6.30pm at The Showroom Cinema!

A rare chance to see The Draughtsman’s Contract on the big screen.

This seminal work directed by Peter Greenaway is a favourite with many architects and designers who were inspired by Greenaway’s compositions and cimenatography.


Join us at 6.15pm for a brief introductory talk by Adam Sylvester before the screening and then, after the film , for complimentary drinks in the bar with members of Sheffield Civic Trust to celebrate the launch of their ‘ Building Visions ‘ programme.  The reception is generously sponsored by

Wake Smith & Tofields.

Shortlist of Sheffield’s best buildings announced

The search to find the city’s best building is narrowing as the shortlist for Sheffield Design Awards 2010 is announced.

The competition is being run in partnership with Sheffield Civic Trust (SCT) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire. Launched in 2008, Sheffield Design Awards are held every two years and are open to any project within the city’s boundary.

Architectural firms and industry professionals entered the competition and a high profile judging panel – which includes Nick Dodds, Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield and Professor Flora Samuel, Head of Sheffield School of Architecture – have agreed a shortlist of eight buildings.

The shortlisted projects are:

  • Sharrow Point – Project Orange
  • The Arthur Willis Environmental Centre, University of Sheffield – Bond Bryan Architects
  • The Crucible Workshops – Elden Minns & Co Ltd
  • Western Bank Library – Avanti Architects
  • Newfield & Talbot School – HLM Architects
  • The Workshop – DRDH Architects
  • The Furnival Building – Bond Bryan Architects

Simon Gedye of Sheffield Civic Trust said: “This is only the second time of we have run the competition and the response from architects in the city has been fantastic. The difficult job of getting so many excellent buildings down to a shortlist of eight has now been done and the next stage is for the judges to visit them to make their final assessments.”

Emma England, head of RIBA Yorkshire, said: “Good building design plays a vital role in the creation of successful cities. We’re delighted to be involved with the awards again this year as I believe they demonstrate the benefits of good architecture and promote the role of architects. Sheffield has some of the best contemporary architecture in the region and this is evident from the quality of projects on the shortlist.”

The winners will be announced on 16th February 2011 at the Showroom Cinema, at an awards ceremony hosted by Tom Bloxham MBE of Urban Splash.

NOTE – The Sheffield Design Awards also cover the People’s Awards giving the people of Sheffield a chance to vote for their favourite building.  Please log on and vote, if you haven’t done so already.