New model army

Richard Stott is building a large scale model of Sheffield centre on one of the floors of Milton House. He using recycled cardboard
Richard Stott is building a large scale model of Sheffield centre on one of the floors of Milton House. He using recycled cardboard
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ITS advocates say it’s a chuff chuff chuff-in brilliant idea – and they want you to get aboard.

This little Sheffield Station was unveiled at the launch of a project to build a massive-but-mini Blue Peter style scale model of the Steel City.

The good news is there are no ticket barriers on that bridge (which was one Richard Stott made earlier).

The even better news? Organisers want you to chew-chew along to make like John Noakes and build your own favourite city block using card, paper and the obligatory toilet rolls.

It’s community involvement architecture – and it’s full steam ahead.

“We’ve mapped out the city centre’s roads and topography, and now we want the public to come and build the buildings,” says Richard, an art therapist and Methodist minister leading the project. “It’s completely open so it doesn’t even have to be a real building – you can create your own design and put it anywhere.”

Such as a Diary Towers skyscraper in Arundel Gate?

“Literally anything you want,” nods the 36-year-old father-of-two from Mosborough.

“The idea is to show what a rich community we have by encouraging different designs and ideas.”

Community groups, schools, businesses and wannabe architects are invited to have a go at Milton House in Charter Row, city centre. Visit www.soulofsheffield.com for details.

The project runs until the end of May.