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.

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