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

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.”


Gateway Business Centre, Attercliffe – Candidate – Sheffield Design Awards People’s Award 2012

Confirm your vote for the Gateway Business Centre in the People’s Award 2012.

SPACES has restored and converted the Attercliffe Baths and Library to create the Gateway Business Centre, which provides business spaces for SME companies on the approach to the city. Their regeneration work and passion for this once neglected district has delivered nine G buildings with 30 tenants. Exciting times are ahead – the Attercliffe Action Plan has been endorsed and people are starting to realise the development potential of this part of the city.

Gateway Business Centre
Gateway Business Centre

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

Forgotten Spaces Sheffield 2011- Shortlisted Entries Confirmed

Earlier this week, RIBA’s judging panel shortlisted 19 schemes from 60 submitted entries in the Forgotten Spaces Sheffield Competition.

The shortlist includes a range of innovative, far reaching and practical ideas of how to put to use overlooked or ‘forgotten’ sites in our city.

Forgotten Spaces

The judging panel included: David Bickle, director of London-based architectural practice Hawkins Brown; Rory Olcayto, deputy editor of the Architects Journal; Miles Price, from British Land; Norman Wienand, head of architecture and planning at Sheffield Hallam University; Emma England, director of RIBA Yorkshire; and Simon Green, director of place at Sheffield City Council.

Speaking about the shortlist for the Sheffield competition, David Bickle said:

‘I was really pleased by the range of ideas we received for the Sheffield competition and I am satisfied the diversity of the entries has been reflected in our shortlist. It was obvious entries had come from a variety of sources – architects, designers, artists – and our final 19 really reflect that creative mix.’

For further details of the shortlisted projects please open this link

Portland Works Launch Community Share Issue

Portland Works

The Portland Works Committee is a group of tenants and supporters, all volunteers, who want to ensure the survival of one of Sheffield’s great buildings by community purchase and social ownership.

Portland Works, built in 1877, is one of the earliest surviving examples of an integrated metal trades complex. It is a Grade II* listed building, which in 1913 became the first place in the world to manufacture stainless steel cutlery – see History.

Remarkably, it still does what it was built for – offering low-cost workshop space to small manufacturing businesses and independent artists and craftspeople. You’ll find here metalworkers, engineers and craftsmen, furniture makers, artists and musicians. They are a cross section of talent following in the footsteps of the ‘Little Mesters’ who made Sheffield famous – see Makers. Sheffield Civic Trust supports the Committee in wanting to protect and develop this community of creative and traditional industries, seeing it as an essential part of the Sheffield economy.

Last year, the landlord wanted to close the Works and convert it into flats, ending 130 years of activity.  However, an effective campaign with widespread support was successful in resisting planning application proposals.  Consequently, the owner has offered to sell the building to the Portland Works Committee, which has formed a social enterprise, an Industrial Provident Society to buy, manage and conserve Portland Works.  From 16 June 2011, the Portland Works Community Share Issue will be launched and you will be able to buy a share in this society.

The Committee believe that you won’t make a lot of money from your shareholding, this is not an investment in the traditional sense.  But they do aim to maintain the value of your holding against inflation, through annual interest payments. Meanwhile you’ll have saved this wonderful building and secured jobs, skills and heritage, here in Sheffield.

See Support Portland Works and also the Financial Services Authority’s guide to what an IPS is for more information.

Contact the campaign organisers at

Western Bank Library wins again!

Congratulations to Avanti Architects, Admiral Construction, Turner & Townsend and the University of Sheffield for the refurbishment of Western Bank Library, which has just won the RICS Pro Yorkshire Award for the best Building Conversion in the region.

At the Sheffield Design Awards 2010 the project won best Renovation and Avanti Director John Allan, a former student of the University of Sheffield, collected the award from Tom Bloxham MBE.

Pevsner believed that the Library, which was built between 1955-9, ‘deserves the prize for the best individual twentieth century building in Sheffield.’

The slideshow on Avanti’s website illustrates the successful renovation whilst the image below shows how the library looked prior to the work being commissioned.

Forgotten Spaces 2011 Competition

RIBA Yorkshire’s Forgotten Spaces 2011 is a design competition that seeks to encourage new ideas for underused land and spaces in Sheffield.

Open to entrants across the country, the competition invites architects, artists, engineers and landscape designers to nominate a site in the Sheffield area and propose an idea for its improvement.

A ‘forgotten space’ could be small or large – a grassy verge, a wasteland, an unused car park, a derelict building, underpass or flyover. The proposal could be simple or complex, a commercial or public facility, a piece of public art or a new building, the main requirement is that it responds to the area and serves a function for the local community.

Three prizes (1st Prize – £5,000, 2nd Prize – £2,000 and £1,000) and up to five commendations will be awarded to the best schemes and a shortlist of up to 25 of the best proposals will be exhibited in a public exhibition at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield between 12 September and 8 October 2011.

 Entries to the competition closed on Thursday 12 May 2011.