Sheffield schemes win design awards

Sheaf Valley is one of the winning schemes
Sheaf Valley is one of the winning schemes

Three Sheffield projects designed to make the city a better place to live have won awards.

The city has collected prizes in the Royal Town Planning Institute Placemaking Awards.

The Little Kelham Housing scheme won two awards for Sustainability and ‘Placemaking in Northern England’, while Sheaf Valley Park won the Design Excellence Award and the Lower Don Valley Flood Defence Business Improvement District topped the Partnership category.

Dave Caulfield, Sheffield Council’s director of regeneration and development services, said: “It’s brilliant that three schemes in Sheffield have just won a total of four awards. No other city apart from London received more than one.”

The Little Kelham project, which is currently being developed, aims to deliver 153 homes, alongside creative spaces, shops, cafés and galleries.

Sheaf Valley Park is a 1.25 kilometre-long green corridor connecting and transforming a series of under-used isolated spaces between Park Square and Granville Road, including South Street Park, Monument Gardens and Clay Woods.

The scheme has improved access to the tram and railway stations and provided walking and cycling links between the city centre and Norfolk Park for residents.

The Lower Don Valley BID was set up to support a construction project and river channel maintenance after the 2007 floods severely affected hundreds of businesses in the area. Work has now started on the £18 million flood defence project and the BID is being looked at as a model for how other cities could look after their rivers.