Last week we all went to the Sheffield Design Awards 2016 Ceremony held in the newly converted Post Office building in Fitzalan Square. It was the first time we have seen the new interior spaces of the Old Post Office – now part of Sheffield Hallam University and is home of the Sheffield Institute of Art. The existing spaces were naturally impressive and the conversion has been sensitively carried out giving the building a new lease of life.
We went with our fingers crossed as between us we entered two projects this year, Folds Lane and Anya’s own self build home conversion, 81 Slinn Street.
We were really happy for Anya and her partner Joe that their new home won both the Conservation and Residential Awards – an outstanding achievement and a testimony to all their hard work. We will soon add a new blog describing the project in more detail.
Other awards on the night were:
Keith Hayman Award – Women of Steel – a stunning new statue by sculptor Martin Jennings celebrating the thousands of women who were conscripted to work in the factories and steel mills to keep them running during World War Two;
Small Project Award and the People’s Choice Award – Foodhall Project by Sheffield Live Projects – an exciting ‘Pay as You Feel’ dining room and freecycling food network run by the community promoting cross societal engagement through food!
Open Spaces Award and Outstanding Project Award – Grey to Green by Sheffield City Council – Sheffield is a green city. Its home to 2 million trees, beautiful ancient woodlands, and stunning expanses of parks and gardens. Grey to Green is bringing more of this colour into the city centre, turning once dull streets into vibrant public spaces.
Best Building Award – Blackburn Meadows Biomass by BDP Architects – Blackburn Meadows is a landmark biomass power plant on the site of the former Tinsley cooling towers.
The design respond to the historic precedents of the huge, black clad steel mills which can be found in the industrial landscape of the Lower Don Valley. Andy was particularly happy about this award as this is one of his favorite local buildings.
Oh, and there was an amazing cake by Cakes by Cherrypie in the shape of the Tinsley cooling towers and flyover!
Well done to all the entries and winners for helping to make Sheffield the special place we love!