THERE are New York inspired skyscrapers and European style squares, an amphitheatre harking the ancient world and a super-modern science centre.
Two schools make the cut, one pub crops up and there’s room for what was once described as the most monstrous housing project in Europe.
Welcome to the Sheffield Civic Trust’s People’s Award.
This is the biennial gong which gives city residents the chance to vote for their favourite new or recently renovated building.
And the 2012 short-list – exclusively revealed in The Diary today – is nothing if not diverse.
Here are instantly recognisable landmarks like the Arts Tower and Park Hill, modest new builds such as the JC Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, in Ecclesall Woods, and sympathetic conversions including the G1 Gateway Business Centre, created in the old Attercliffe Baths in Attercliffe Road, Attercliffe.
“Other than being in Sheffield, many of these places only really have one thing in common,” says Paul Bedwell, chairman of the trust. “And that’s that they don’t have very much in common at all.
“But that diversity is a great strength. Whichever building eventually wins will give real kudos to the architects but, beyond that, the list shows a real culture in Sheffield of embracing bold buildings.
“Now we want to encourage as many people as possible to vote. It’s not often people get a chance to have a say on the buildings that make up their city but this is a chance to say what you like about the place in which you live.”
The award – run with the Royal Institute of British Architects – will open for voting from early next month with the winner to be announced at a ceremony at The Showroom Cinema, in Paternoster Row, on November 27. All 14 landmarks on the list were either built or had major renovations completed within the last five years.
“Who will I be voting for?” ponders Paul. “I think I’ll keep my powder dry and not say yet. What I will say, though, is it’s a very strong list.”
He thinks for a moment.
“Besides what I voted for last time didn’t end up winning anyway.”
What did win was Leopold Square, with the Charles Street car park – aka the Cheese Grater – topping the previous poll in 2008.
“Both were well-deserved,” says Paul.
Now he’s hoping you lot will pick another good one.
“We had 5,000 people vote last time and we’d be delighted if that many people got involved again,” he says. “There’s also an ‘other’ option to nominate your own building so you don’t have to stick to the short-list.”
A second award – The Design Award, chosen by a panel of experts – will also be given out on the night.
Voting opens early May at www.sheffieldcivictrust.org.uk
1 192 Shoreham Street, city centre.
2 High Storrs School, High Storrs Road, Greystones.
3 JC Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods.
4 Sheffield Springs Academy, Hurlfield Road, Hurlfield.
5 Park Hill flats.
6 Places for People’s eco-houses, Norfolk Park.
7 Sheffield University Students Union, Western Bank, city centre.
8 Shepherd Wheel, Whiteley Woods.
9 South Street Park, Park Hill.
10 Arts Tower, Bolsover Street, city centre.
11 Sheffield Tap, Sheaf Street, city centre.
12 Tudor Square, city centre.
13 Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, Glossop Road, city centre.
14 G1 Gateway Business Centre, Attercliffe.