Quartet in running for award

The U-Mix Centre facility in Lowfield
The U-Mix Centre facility in Lowfield
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Four new Sheffield buildings are in the running for a top architecture award to be revealed next week.

The city dominates the eight new developments shortlisted for the 2013 Yorkshire award from the Royal Institute of British Architects in recognition of their ‘architectural excellence’.

And the winner – to be announced on Wednesday, June 12 – will then be considered for a national award.

The Yorkshire shortlist includes a former Victorian industrial building at 192 Shoreham Street in the city centre, which has been converted into office accommodation with the addition of an upward extension.

Christopher Ash, from architects Project Orange, said: ““We are very proud of our project at 192 Shoreham Street – a building we believe is a bold and optimistic statement for the regeneration of the Cultural Industries Quarter in the city centre.

“It is a testament not only to our skills as designers, but also to a committed and trusting client and an enlightened local planning authority. The building has already been named Sheffield’s Building of the Year and we are delighted also to be shortlisted for a RIBA Award, acknowledged to be the most prestigious architectural awards in the country.”

Also on the shortlist is SOAR Works, a purpose-built enterprise centre on Knutton Road, Parson Cross.

David Saxby, of Architecture 00, said: “We are delighted SOAR Works has been nominated for a RIBA Regional Award; welcome recognition of effort from a large team spanning public, private, and voluntary sectors, all committed to putting such a resource at the heart of the community.”

The Sheffield contingent is completed with phase one of the redevelopment of Park Hill flats, led by Hawkins/Brown and Sheffield Council’s new £2.5 million U-Mix Centre youth facility in Lowfield.

Carol Cresswell, the council’s principal architect, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted, particularly as we are among some other high-quality projects.

“The building will provide a much-needed resource for the young people of the area, offering a venue for social events, meetings, training and development, sporting activities and more.

“It has been designed to offer a highly flexible series of spaces which can be used in a range of different ways.

“The roof garden and glazed front, together with the new all-weather pitch, should encourage more use of the outdoor areas and extend the opportunities for activities in the building.”

“We hope it will contribute to the support and development of young people in all sorts of ways.”

Also shortlisted are Cat Hill Barn in Hoylandswaine and Barnsley’sHoly Trinity School, as well as Franklin College in Grimsby, and Hull’s Kingswood Academy.