THE KEITH HAYMAN AWARDS 2020+21

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:

info@sheffieldcivictrust.org.uk

Tomorrow’s High Street

“As large high-street retailers leave our city the future of Sheffield’s High Street is in question.  The Sheffield Civic Trust has been ambitiously exploring and debating this for many years and we believe the future of Sheffield’s high street lies in its past.

overall proposed masterplan, running through Sheffield's central axis, from Moorfoot Junction - proposed as an adventure playground - through to the Wicker Arches - reimagined as Wicker Highline, an elevated park along the unused Victoria Station line
overall proposed masterplan, running through Sheffield’s central axis, from Moorfoot Junction – proposed as an adventure playground – through to the Wicker Arches – reimagined as Wicker Highline, an elevated park along the unused Victoria Station line

Historically Sheffield has always had a uniquely linear high-street   Its elongated nature enables it to stretch from Moorfoot to the Wicker, connecting the city centre to thriving neighbourhoods and out to our beloved Peak District. It has the possibility of becoming a luscious extension of the ‘Grey to Green’; a route where pedestrians and cyclists are prioritised and existing nodes repurposed to create destinations where people can live, work, and relax.

Large high-street retailers aid our high street, but they do not define it.  We should celebrate, diversify and utilise our existing high street to create a sustainable ‘Tomorrows High Street’ for Sheffield!”

HotC II Block H consultation event

As a key stakeholder in the development of the Heart of the City II development, Sheffield Civic Trust have been asked to contribute to the pre-application consultation on the next phase (Block H) of the development, bounded by Cambridge and Wellington Street, and including the Grade II* Listed Leah’s Yard.

As supporters and members of the Trust, we would like to extend the information regarding the public events providing the opportunity to see the plans and speak to the project team.

Wednesday 25 March 202015:30-19:00
Thursday 26 March 2020
11:00-16:00

38-40 Pinstone Street
(most recently home to ‘Clicks and Mortar’)
Sheffield
S1 2HN

Trustees who are able to attend will be at the event on 25th March from 6pm. Please join us if possible as we review the latest proposals and talk to the project team.

For those that cannot attend in person, the dedicated website (www.heartofcity2.com) has been updated to include information about the current pre-application consultation. Visitors to the website will have the opportunity to complete an online response form about these proposals.

If you would like comments to be included in the Civic Trust’s response, please forward all comments to info@sheffieldcivictrust.org.uk.

A PDF of the Stakeholder briefing note is available to download here: http://sheffieldcivictrust.org.uk/block-h-consultation-brochure/

Call to Action from Joined Up Heritage Sheffield

Following the planning committee’s principled decision to refuse permission for a block of apartments to replace the historic Old Coroner’s Court on Nursery Street, the ball is now in the Council’s court to resolve the situation. The Old Coroner’s Court is still very much at risk and the developer still has the right to demolish it at any time.

Please contact your local councillors, copying Council leader Julie Dore, as soon as possible to ask that the Council immediately reach out to the developer, George Johnston of Firestone, and the architect, Coda, to find an alternative to demolition. This should not be difficult to find if approached in a positive and collaborative spirit. The developer has already proposed several schemes which are preferable to losing the building altogether, and the Council needs to be open-minded about these.

You can find contact details for your local councillors at http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/mgFindMember.aspx  Cllr Julie Dore can be contacted at julie.dore@sheffield.gov.uk

Endcliffe Park US Air Force fly-past scheduled

UPDATE: BBC Breakfast will be filming in Endcliffe Park from 6am, and there will be a memorial service in the park starting at 8am.
The flypast is scheduled to start at 8:45am, weather permitting.
Further details can be found here: https://sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/news/mi_amigo_flypast/

He has shouldered responsibility for the crash for 75 years, as the plane was trying to avoid crashing into him and other children in the park. He has visited and maintained the memorial every day since it was erected, telling them how much he loves them and is forever grateful to those who saved his life.

War Memorial in Endcliffe Park to crew of U.S.A.A.F. bomber which crashed in 1944

Dan Walker, BBC Breakfast presenter, saw Tony planting new flowers at the memorial and uncovered his story. Dan then began a campaign to get a fly-past for Tony.

The US Ambassador has confirmed that a fly-by will take place on 22nd February, 75 years to the day, to commemorate the event, in Endcliffe Park. Further details are due to be announced shortly.

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

Response to Heart of the City 2, Block B & C consultation

Sheffield Civic Trust Feedback
in response to the consultation on Sheffield’s Heart of the City 2, Block B & C

Sheffield Civic Trust (SCT) thanks Queensbury, Counter Context and the design team at Leonard Design, for presenting the current proposals for The Heart of the City 2 to the membership.
The Trust recognises how the briefing from Sheffield City Council has resulted in the retention of much loved heritage buildings, despite their non designated status. The City Council’s vision in acting as client and driving the brief to the benefit of the city is welcomed.
SCT support the scheme especially on the following aspects;
– the horizontal mix of use i.e. retail at street level with apartments and offices at the upper levels
– access to upper floors with entrances from the street
– the block by block, phased approach outlined in the presentation
– the focus on a mix of uses that the current market is not supporting i.e. 2/3 bedroom apartments with quality external space rather than student housing.
– retention of the existing street pattern
– high-quality public space, that continues the approach taken throughout the city centre
– proposed historic façade retention.

Detailed design comments
Whilst the façade retention is welcomed, the gridded façade ‘folding’ into the existing pitched roof of the existing building (Laycock House) was considered awkward in some members’ minds. As this is a prominent corner, a more sensitive design solution should be considered.
The architectural treatment of corners of both blocks on to the new ‘5 ways’ are a great opportunity for the designers. Seven Dials in London’s Covent Garden was raised as a good precedent for the design. It was felt that the opportunity to mark this significant meeting of streets has been missed in the current design.
It was felt that the glazing proportions proposed within the new buildings should respect the order and hierarchy of the existing street facades more closely. Fenestration which denotes a top, middle and bottom may be more successful. The tendency towards expressing the top of the buildings in ‘zinc hats’ should be avoided, given their prevalence in speculative schemes over the last decade. The proposal for vertical stripes at the top of Laycock House currently give the appearance of cladding, similar to that used recently on a prominent car park in the city. Higher quality materials and detailing rather than the cladding shown are felt to be more appropriate. For instance the larger duplex units that top Block B could be
expressed whilst retaining the materials and architectural language of the rest of the block.
The servicing of the retail units from pedestrianised roads rather than a dedicated service yard is welcomed but will require careful management. This could ensure the strategy to reduce traffic congestion works, by encouraging workers to linger in the city centre after work.

Over view
The current approach of developing the Heart of the City 2 block by block has great potential for a rich and diverse mix of architecture uses and streets in the heart of our city. This richness is emerging in the
public realm, which looks both complex and exciting and is all about Sheffield.. The retention of historic facades will reinforce this diversity and local identity. However of concern is the emerging similarity in the building designs to date. The architectural expression of grids and cladding now emerging on the HSBC building is to be repeated on Blocks B&C. This reinforces the Trust’s belief that a more diverse range of designers should be employed to tie the scheme better to its context.
For future plots, we would welcome a commitment from SCC to promote more variation and design quality by committing to either design competitions or a diverse mix of designers/architects for each plot .
This approach was adopted at Liverpool One and has resulted in a wide range of architecture which enhances the experience of the city. Liverpool One avoids any uniformity or blandness in favour of a rich sequence of spaces and buildings which knit the development into the city – We do not want the blandness of Meadowhall transplanted into our city. We do want a more distinctive, new heart to our city that says ‘Sheffield!’
We hope that Sheffield City Council will consider supporting local suppliers in the awarding of the construction contracts, and proactively implement the Social Value Act, by considering inclusion of local labour clauses as appropriate when commissioning the development.
Whilst the aim for high quality city centre living with a range of types of dwelling is laudable, the City Council should have a long-term plan for a range of ownership, to avoid gentrification that precludes a fair and equitable city centre for its citizens.
We look forward to seeing the planning application in due course, and to engaging with the relevant parties as the Heart of the City 2 scheme goes forward.

Louise Watt
Chair Sheffield Civic Trust
on behalf of the Trustees.
October 2018

GREAT BRITISH SELL OFF AND COMMUNITY ASSET TRANSFER

In June this year Locality, which is the national membership charity of community organisations, launched Save our Spaces. This is a campaign to save buildings and spaces that have come to be seen as a maintenance liability to councils from being sold off into private ownership. Losing public buildings and green spaces to private enterprise is bound to deplete our social fabric – often involving shareholders and thus the private organisation’s duty to take profits out from that asset to pay their shareholder dividends.

An alternative already exists. Community Asset Transfer was set up in 2003, whereby councils may sell assets to community organisations at below market rates in exchange for demonstrable community benefit.

Community ownership is an alternative to private or public ownership. It involves a community organisation legally set up for the public benefit that makes an asset available to the whole community without private or public commercial gain.

While alarm about the Great British Sell-Off has been circulating for a few years, and despite community asset transfer being the third option, Locality has discovered that fewer than half Local Authorities have an asset transfer policy.

Sheffield City Council has set up The Community Right to Bid which is billed as giving ‘people of Sheffield the chance to bid, to buy and take over the running of assets that are considered of value to the local community which are being sold by the current owners’. A community needs to nominate and successfully have registered the asset (a Council process). Once this is completed, my understanding is that the owner cannot sell it for purposes outside the community benefit it brings – though they don’t have to sell it to that particular community group. So that when the owner wants to sell it, the scheme allows the community group six months to make an offer to buy the asset.

Clearly, this calls on active and co-operative citizenship. As the saying goes: ‘less talk, more do’.

SHEFFIELD WATERWAYS AND FLOOD PROTECTION STRATEGY

Members will be aware that the issue of schemes for the better protection of Sheffield from floods such as the devastating one of 2007 has been around for a while now. The initial proposals roused a lot of opposition from heritage and conservation groups. In particular, those proposals which related to the Rivers Loxley and Rivelin included hard works which were considered likely to impact adversely on aesthetic, wildlife, historical, architectural and archaeological features of those valleys. In some cases, doubt was in any event cast on their likely efficacy as well. A wide range of organisations raised objections including the SCT. All then went quiet when the Government refused to fund the proposals. Whilst the City Council had originally agreed to meetings with concerned individuals and groups, a meeting never happened. Now funding is apparently on the table for proposals which affect the Don catchment. (link)

This is thought to mean the Owlerton and Malin Bridge areas which were not the most contentious areas if they don’t extend beyond those points up the valleys themselves. However, the position at going to press is far from certain.

On behalf of the SCT, our trustee Jim Monach is keeping an eye on what might come forward to try to safeguard the quality of the environment in those sensitive areas.

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