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!”


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.


The Workshop Studio, Kenwood Park Road – Wins Best Building!

Well done to DRDH Architects for securing another award for the Workshop Studio, this time for the Best Building in the Sheffield Design Awards 2010!

The project also has a RIBA Regional Award 2010 and was commended in the Yorkshire 2009 AR Awards for Emerging Architecture.

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.