City architects are the oldest in the country

From the Cholera Monument to the not-yet-built Ikea, one Sheffield architects is behind them both - and 180 years of projects in between.

Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year as the longest established practice in the UK with a continuing line of succession.

Founding partner Matthew Ellison Hadfield’s first commission was to design a monument to the 402 citizens of Sheffield who lost their lives in the cholera epidemic of 1832. The Grade II Listed monument still stands today overlooking the city centre behind Sheffield Railway Station.

Hadfield had worked in the office of his uncle, Michael Ellison, the agent for the Duke of Norfolk in Sheffield, before training as an architect.

In 1835 he gained experience in the office of P F Robinson in London, spending time on Robinson’s competition scheme for the re-building of the Houses of Parliament before returning to Sheffield.

Since then, many local and national buildings have followed and a clear line of succession leads from that work to the present day.

The practice became a limited company in 2008 after 174 years trading as a partnership and now includes architects, masterplanners, interior designers and structural engineers.

Based in two buildings on Broomgrove Road, HCD employs 80 staff, working on projects throughout the UK and in Europe.

The firm is waiting - patiently - for an outcome to their planning submission for a new IKEA store in Sheffield.

David Peel, Chairman of HCD, said: “We are very proud of our heritage in what is a traditionally a very volatile business sector.

“It’s testament to our founding partner’s principles of good design, management and very high standards of service delivery.”