Design winner lights the way for a brighter and safer future

Forgotten Spaces: Frog walk
Forgotten Spaces: Frog walk
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A SCHEME that uses smartphone technology to light up a dark footpath has won an architectural ideas competition in Sheffield.

Guiding Lights, designed by Chris Patterson, illuminates Frog Walk – between Sharrowvale Road and Stalker Lees Road, off Ecclesall Road – by using motion sensors to generate colourful silhouettes.

It won the £5,000 first prize in Forgotten Spaces 2011, with judges impressed by the ‘brilliant’ solution to making people feel safer at night. They also praised the colourful and clear designs.

Chris, aged 30, who lives in Firth Park, but is originally from Holland said: “I’m absolutely stunned to be honest. There was a lot of stiff competition so when they read my name out I was amazed.”

Second prize of £3,000 was awarded to Oliver Peach for his Wicker Spice design to develop an oil distillery in abandoned buildings in the Wicker area and third prize and £1,000 went to Doma Architects for their Food for Thought idea, which redesigns the dilapidated Millhouses barn into a community centre, including allotments and a café.

The competition, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire and Sheffield Hallam University, encouraged architects, designers and artists to produce innovative ideas for the region’s forgotten spaces. The project is sponsored by British Land, owners of Meadowhall, Creative Sheffield, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry and developers and engineers Buro Happold.

Winners were selected from a shortlist of 19 and were announced at the Crucible Theatre.

Emma England, director of RIBA Yorkshire, who was one of the judges, said: “I have been inspired to see such a fantastic range of creative, innovative, thought-provoking and, in some cases, controversial ideas for transforming forgotten spaces in Sheffield.”

An exhibition of all the shortlisted entries continues at the Crucible until October 8.