Judges stunned by ‘imaginative and creative’ entries in Sheffield’s Forgotten Spaces competition - VIDEO

IDEAS for a giant golden frame that floats down Sheffield’s canals, the city’s own version of the Hollywood sign and an urban beach in a city centre car park are all on the shortlist for Sheffield’s Forgotten Spaces 2011 competition.

Forgotten Spaces is architectural ideas competition which aims to encourage budding architects, designers and artists from around the city to come up with innovative ideas that find new uses for the region’s ‘forgotten spaces.’

A shortlist of 19 was selected from 60 initial entries by a judging panel that includes David Bickle, director of London-based architectural practice Hawkins Brown; Rory Olcayto, deputy editor of the Architect’s Journal; Miles Price, from British Land; Norman Wienand, head of architecture and planning at Sheffield Hallam University; Emma England, director of Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire; and Simon Green, director of place at Sheffield City Council.

“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,” said David Bickle.

“It was obvious entries had come from a variety of sources - architects, designers, artists, students - and our final 19 really reflect that creative mix.

“There is so much creativity and innovation coming out of Sheffield and it was a real privilege to judge some really novel, striking and, at times, completely bonkers ideas for forgotten spaces in the region.”

Other shortlisted entries included a scheme to light up dangerously dark walkways, a golf driving range in Gaunt Shops in Gleadless Valley, giant metals bells suspended under a flyover and a vertical city farm.

An exhibition of the shortlisted designs will be staged at The Crucible Theatre, while the three winning entries will be announced at a ceremony at the theatre in September.

The project was launched following the success of the first Forgotten Spaces competition in London last year and is being run by RIBA Yorkshire in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University.

Sheffield was chosen for this year’s competition as a tribute to the outstanding redevelopment work that has been undertaken in the city centre and the competition has proved a hit with both professionals and the public.

The full shortlist with galleries is available to view at www.architecture.com/forgottenspacessheffield.