New walk shows off Sheffield’s ‘civilised’ sights

Dr Rachel Horn (Faculty of Engineering, Director of Learning and Teaching at Sheffield University) and Duncan Froggatt launch the Institute of Civil engineers walking map for Sheffield'Picture Dean Atkins
Dr Rachel Horn (Faculty of Engineering, Director of Learning and Teaching at Sheffield University) and Duncan Froggatt launch the Institute of Civil engineers walking map for Sheffield'Picture Dean Atkins
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Sheffield engineers and academics have joined forces to promote the industrial icons which make Sheffield a civilised city.

They heave created a leaflet for visitors and residents called ‘Sheffield: A Civilised Place,’ which features a 2.75 mile circular city centre walk, taking in 32 local landmarks.

The walk, which is expected to take two hours, takes in buildings, structures, transport infrastructure and bridges which have all contributed to the development of the city.

Among the points of interest included are the Cathedral, the City and Town Halls, theatres, the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield Station and Passenger Transport Interchange, Lady’s Bridge, the Parkway Viaduct and Victoria Quays.

The collaboration was led by the Institution of Civil Engineers Yorkshire and Humber and supported by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Yorkshire & Humber, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Move More campaign, and the University of Sheffield.

The introduction of the leaflet reads: “Sheffield is a civilised city and this walk shows something of how that has been achieved. You will not see hidden essentials, like water supply and drainage, but you will learn something about where they are. You will see different materials being used in different forms - designed and constructed by engineers applying science and using engineering principles.”

Institution of Civil Engineers member Duncan Froggatt, who authored the leaflet, said: “Civilisation is made possible by engineers, which is where the term civil engineering comes from. 
“Often, people can take for granted the vital pieces of infrastructure that we see every day, and which make life as we know it possible.

“That is why it is important to highlight these things that make a city like Sheffield great.”

Leaflets are available by emailing iceyandh@ice.org.uk or from Sheffield’s Visitor Information Centre on Surrey Street.