Five Sheffield buildings make architecture prize shortlist

University Technical College in Matilda Street
University Technical College in Matilda Street
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Five Sheffield buildings have been shortlisted for a leading architectural award.

Almost half of the 11-strong shortlist for the 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire award are from the city.

The list includes Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield Hallam University’s ‘Heart of the Campus’, Sum Studios in Hartley Street, the University Technical College in Matilda Street, all in the city centre and a home on Ranmoor Road, Ranmoor.

Emma England, RIBA Yorkshire regional director, said: “It is a particularly diverse list of projects in terms of budget, building type and locations. I’m looking forward to taking the jury to visit the buildings and deciding the results.”

Grade I-listed Sheffield Cathedral has been recently renovated with a new entrance and reception area, in addition to underfloor heating, new lighting and seating, with a stone finish in keeping with the historic building.

Sum Studios is a workspace for creative businesses created by a community development trust. The Grade II-listed buildings are intended to be a workspace for independent business people to use together.

Home on Ranmoor Road, Ranmoor

Home on Ranmoor Road, Ranmoor

The building has already experienced success, picking up four Sheffield Design Awards in 2014. Matthew Conduit, managing director, is hoping the recognition will help drive fundraising for a further two buildings on the site.

The current business centre building is one of three on the plot, but the other two remain disused.

There are plans to convert them into an art studio and community building and café – but £3.5 million is needed to make that dream a reality.

Mr Conduit said: “We are obviously delighted. After the success at the Sheffield Design Awards, it’s another great boost and this will definitely help that fundraising.”

Sheffield Hallam University's 'Heart of the Campus'

Sheffield Hallam University's 'Heart of the Campus'

Hallam University’s Heart of the Campus is the centre of the university’s student campus and has been dubbed a ‘landmark’ building which responds to the character’ of the surrounding conservation area.

The Ranmoor home was shortlisted because of the way it meets the needs of a modern family in a sustainable way, set in a woodland conservation area.

The UTC has been labelled ‘a key addition to Sheffield Cultural Industries Quarter’, with ‘sensitive treatment’ given to its remodelling and refurbishment. Other buildings shortlisted include Leeds College of Music, John Lewis in York and the new Leeds Arena.

The winners will be announced on St George’s Day – Thursday, April 23.

Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Cathedral

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Emma England of RIBA

Emma England of RIBA

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