PLANS to rejuvenate a neglected corner of a Sheffield park have won a team of city students first prize in a new regional competition.
The teenagers from Hillsborough College received £1,000 after coming on top in the first Forgotten Spaces contest, run by Sheffield Hallam University and the Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire.
Their design for a walled community allotment in Firth Park was praised by judges for its beautiful presentation and simple, well thought-out idea.
Team members were Joe Bartley, Holly Crapper, Kat Beckingham, Harriet Fairweather, Daisy Pratt and Jenny Beal.
The contest for schools and colleges grew from a challenge called Forgotten Spaces 2011: Sheffield, which encouraged architects, designers and artists to come up with innovative ideas to find uses for overlooked or neglected areas.
The winner was Chris Paterson, who came up with a scheme to light up Frog Walk in Sharrow using innovative smartphone technology.
Chris was one of the judges in the schools’ contest and loved the Hillsborough College entry, saying: “I’d love to see something like this built.”
The £1,000 first prize will be spent on books and resources.
The second prize of £750 went to a group from Thomas Rotherham College for their ambitious idea for a disused pub next to their grounds.
Third prize went to two students from the Grimsby Institute who won £500 in resources for an idea for a community theatre.
All schools who registered were given the chance to take part in a workshop led by Sheffield Hallam architecture academics and students.
The workshop enabled them to discuss their ideas and receive advice on how to express and develop designs.
Head judge Norman Wienand, who is head of Hallam’s department of architecture and planning, said: “This competition has really captured the imagination of the children.”
Winning entries will be on display in Hallam University’s Cantor Building, alongside shortlisted entries for the Forgotten Spaces 2011: Sheffield competition, until Friday January 6.