Fifth award for Sheffield's Grey to Green scheme

A project to bring more greenery to Sheffield city centre has won another award.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 2:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 10:21 am
Grey to Green in West Bar.

Sheffield Council's Grey to Green scheme in West Bar won the National Green Champion Award in the construction category of the Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice.

The project, which has turned the former inner city ring road into a pedestrian-friendly stretch lined with wildflowers and trees, has now won five awards this year.

The beds were designed by University of Sheffield professor Nigel Dunnett, the man behind the gardens in London’s Olympic park.

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The planted areas are intended to act as a ‘sustainable urban drainage system’ to help flood relief by soaking up run off to the river.

The council's deputy leader Leigh Bramall said: “Our project team has clearly done a fantastic job on this scheme as seen by the number of very well-regarded awards it continues to receive.

“Grey to Green has completely transformed a rather neglected part of the inner city and links well with our wider vision for West Bar and Kelham Island, providing an eye-catching introduction to the city.”

The project has already won two Yorkshire in Bloom awards, the Gold Standard and Best Environmental project in Yorkshire 2016 and a brace of Sheffield Design Awards, for

Best Open Space and Overall Outstanding Project Award 2016.

Grey to Green also features five public art installations, which reveal some of the area's history.

Geoff Poyzer, managing director of highways for North Midland, which worked on Grey to Green, said: “It’s fantastic that this innovative scheme has been so highly recognised.

"The whole team worked tirelessly to deliver the scheme and this award is a credit to that hard work.”

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