Sheffield buildings celebrated in Design Awards victories

Andy Jackson, manager at the Heeley Development Trust, is pictured at Sum Studios, Hartley Street.
Andy Jackson, manager at the Heeley Development Trust, is pictured at Sum Studios, Hartley Street.

A Victorian school which was saved from dereliction has been voted the city’s favourite building by the people of Sheffield.

Sum Studios by Studio Gedye won the people’s vote at the Royal Institute of British Architecture Sheffield Design Awards 2014.

The building also won three other awards, including for community design and conservation.

The judges praised the ‘tenacity and energy’ of the Heeley Development Trust in bringing the building back to life as part of their work to regenerate the neighbourhood.

Andy Jackson, Heeley Development Trust manager, said: “We are ecstatic. We use a community ownership model for the development of our old buildings and we think it is by far the best approach.

“For us to get the people’s award really is a statement that people support and value what we are doing, and we are just bowled over.”

Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street, by Cartwright Pickard, won the best building award, as chosen by judges, for the conversion from an old Victorian warehouse to a new student accommodation block with an adjoining café.

A spokesman for Cartwright Pickard said: “We are delighted to have won. The project was completed in several increments, so we are very pleased to have delivered a building that’s so successful and that the residents of Sheffield seem to have taken into their hearts.”

Emma England, director of RIBA Yorkshire, added: “Good architecture can transform people’s experience of cities and is fundamental to the creation of successful places.

“RIBA Yorkshire works hard to demonstrate the benefits of good architecture and promote our architect members’ work.

“We are proud to work with Sheffield Civic Trust on this awards scheme, as Sheffield has some of the best contemporary architecture in the region.”