Buildings picked for regional awards

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Four buildings in Sheffield have been shortlisted for top architecture awards.

The Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire Awards recognise innovative architecture in the county.

Out of a total of eight buildings shortlisted, half are in Sheffield - 192 Shoreham Street, SOAR Works, The U-Mix Centre, and the first phase of the Park Hill revamp.

The U-Mix centre, built by Sheffield Council, is a £2.5 million youth facility on Lowfield Open Space. It is the headquarters for organisation Football Unites, Racism Divides and a state of the art sports facility and has a park for young people and the wider community.

Carol Cresswell, principal architect at Sheffield Council said: “I wouldn’t presume to be confident of winning - the competition is very stiff -but the jury will know what they are looking for when they visit and I hope they will like what they see! Regardless of whether the building wins any awards it will provide a much needed resource for the young people of the area. It has been designed to offer a highly flexible series of spaces which can be used in a wide range of different ways.

“The roof garden and glazed front, opening out onto the park, together with the all-weather pitch, should encourage more use of the outdoor areas and extend the opportunities for activities that can take place in the building.”

Park Hill flats are in the process of a £120m makeover and there are now 85 new flats on the Grade II listed site.

Nicole Woodman from architects Hawkins/Brown, working with Urban Splash to develop the new apartment, said: “We are very pleased Park Hill has been shortlisted. The new colourful windows have transformed the Sheffield skyline.”

Regional winners will be announced in June, will then be considered for a RIBA National Award.