Sheffield Design Awards 2018: People's choice category opens for voting
The organisers of the Sheffield Design Awards are going to the people to find out which new building deserves the public's seal of approval.
The biennial prizegiving '“ organised by the Sheffield Society of Architects and the Sheffield Civic Trust '“ is now in its 10th year, and a ceremony is happening in October when honours will be presented in a range of categories.
One of the sections, '˜people's choice', relies on outside votes, and the full listÂ of 34 entries to pick from has now been published.Â It featuresÂ all the nominations received this year;Â theÂ judges'Â shortlist, released last month, was whittled downÂ to 16 candidates.
The Â£60 millionÂ Ikea superstore in Carbrook, St James' Retail Park on the oldÂ Norton College site '“Â whichÂ represented a '˜marked change in retail park design', according to the architects '“Â and the expandedÂ Rising Sun pub at Nether Green are among the potential winners that only the public can elect.
Residential developments were nominated, such asÂ an unusual timber-framed extension to a 1930s semi-detached houseÂ on Rupert Road, Nether Edge.
Schemes that will also be looked at by the judging panel include theÂ Olympic Legacy Park, on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium '“Â a landscapedÂ public space described as '˜attractive to inward investment' '“Â and Albert Works, a historic former cutlery forge on Sidney Street that has been repurposed as sleek offices for marketing firm Jaywing.
Krynkl, a development made from recycled shipping containers at Shalesmoor that contains a gym, rooftop bar and JÃ¶ro, a Michelin-approved Scandi-inspired restaurant, has made the cut alongside the Site Gallery, the Brown Street venue which has trebled in size with a Â£2.7 million extension. Public, the cocktail bar run by the Rockingham Group in the former gents' toilets underneath Sheffield Town Hall, and the Porter Brook Pocket ParkÂ '“Â an area created by the councilÂ on Sidney Street that doubles as a flood prevention measureÂ '“Â are on both lists too.
Nominations have come from beyond Sheffield as well '“Â threeÂ schemes at Chatsworth are in the running, as isÂ the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster and the George Wright boutiqueÂ hotel in Rotherham.
The winner of the people's choice award in 2016 was Foodhall, a volunteer-run '˜pay-as-you-feel' restaurant on Eyre Street.
Samantha Birchall of the civic trust said: 'Sheffield Design Awards have for 10 years spotlightedÂ and celebrated the best of architectural and public space design in Sheffield. We want to hear whatÂ members of the public think about the entries and which in their view make a substantial contribution toÂ their environment.'
Dan Brown, chair of the awards committee,Â added:Â 'The standard ofÂ entries was felt to be very strong and we look forward to finding out whether or not the popular choiceÂ matches that of the judging panels.'
VisitÂ www.sheffieldsocietyofarchitects.org.uk/sda2018publicchoiceÂ to vote. The verdictÂ will be announced at Trafalgar Warehouse on October 25.