Grand Designs Unveiled In Sheffield Contest

Sheffield City Farm   concept by  Bond Bryan Architects - Matt Hutton, Bruce Raw, Phil Grayston
Sheffield City Farm concept by Bond Bryan Architects - Matt Hutton, Bruce Raw, Phil Grayston

THIS spectacular building envisages a new market, an urban farm and allotments in Sheffield city centre ...

Not that there are any plans, at least at the moment, to translate the vision into reality.

The design has been produced by Matt Hutton, Bruce Raw, Phil Grayston of Bond Bryan Architects for a competition that aims to inspire architectural ideas.

Others include Sheffield’s version of the Hollywood sign, giant metals bells suspended under a flyover, a beach in a car park, the introduction of animated creations to bring to life Frog Walk between Ecclesall Road and Sharrow, a beacon at the gateway of St Mary’s Gate and a golf driving range among shops in Gleadless Valley,

They are on the shortlist of 19 in Forgotten Spaces 2011, a contest run by the Royal Institute of British Architects in Yorkshire and Sheffield Hallam University.

They were chosen from 60 entries responding to the question of how to revitalise overlooked or forgotten sites in the Sheffield area.

David Bickle, director of London-based architectural practice Hawkins Brown, who chairs the judging panel, said: “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.”

The panel also includes Rory Olcayto, deputy editor of the Architect’s Journal, Miles Price, of British Land, Norman Wienand, head of architecture and planning at Hallam University, Emma England, director of RIBA Yorkshire, and council executive director Simon Green.

An exhibition of the shortlisted designs will be displayed at the Crucible Theatre, and the three winning entries announced in September.

The full shortlist is available sheffield.