Live Projects 2015

Live Projects 2015

Mansion House Toolkit

Doncaster Civic Trust, Doncaster

Despite dominating the high street for 250 years, Doncaster’s Grade I-listed Mansion House closed to the public in 2012 and now lies empty. This Live Project involves working with The Friends of Doncaster Mansion House and Doncaster Civic Trust to create a participatory resource for the building. This continues our innovative collaboration with Doncaster Civic Trust and builds on the award-winning Live Project of 2012. The project will involve a study of the architectural aspects of the Mansion House with a view to creating study packages for primary/secondary/tertiary students.

Maurice Dobson Heritage and Amenity Centre

Darfield Area Amenity Society, Darfield, nr. Barnsley

Darfield village has a population of around 8,500 and was a rural community until mining developed about 150 years ago when the population of the village began a rapid growth. All these mines have now closed but the village remains a tight-knit community. The Maurice Dobson Heritage and Amenity Centre has been open since 2000, houses a local museum, café, shop and community rooms and is run by extremely enthusiastic and committed volunteers. This Live Project is to work with the client, their stakeholders and the people of Darfield to explore future development of the building, the public spaces around


TUoS Alumni with The Real Junk Food Project, The University of Sheffield Campus

In December 2013 Adam Smith made the UK’s first ‘pay as you feel’ surplus food café in his home town in Armley in Leeds. Driven by the understanding that a third of the UK’s food is wasted and Nearly 60% UK residents feel lonely; nothing short of a social revolution is happening. The Foodhall will be the student run equivalent of the real junk food project by developing the first ever wholly student developed pay as you feel surplus food kitchen/dining area. This project will involve reclaiming, building, cooking, eating and sharing and ‘starting on your doorstep’ to tackle some of the biggest problems with a holistic frame of mind.

Around The Toilet

ATT Project Community Partners, Manchester and Sheffield

While toilets are often thought to be a mundane space, for some, a lack of adequate or accessible toilet provision is a crucial practical issue on a daily basis. ‘Around the Toilet’ is a collaborative research project between The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and The University
of Leeds which is “co-creating intersectional understandings of gender, disability and access”. This Live Project is to develop this research further and raise awareness of issues regarding public toilets, working with the project community partners.

Oriel House

BBEST & BLAG, Broomhill, Sheffield

Oriel House has been the home of the Broomhill Library since 1956, when Sheffield City Council converted it from a domestic residence. In 2014, due to cuts to library services, Broomhill Community Library (BCL) was formed and a group of committed volunteers took over the running of the library. The client needs imaginative proposals, capable of being developed in stages, and at different levels of expenditure, for aspects of the building and garden which encourage social, community, and educational aims.

Spatial Resonances

The Sheffield Modernist Society, Across Sheffield

This project offers an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity to bring together music, art, performance and modernist buildings! The project will occupy iconic modernist spaces across Sheffield for a series of performances, involving a deconstructed piano transported from venue to venue. This is a Live Project for both music and architecture students. The music students will use the performances to develop individual site-specific compositions. The architecture students will propose, test and document the relationship between the spaces, the performances, the developing compositions and the events.

Wealthy City Walks

Ruskin in Sheffield, Sheffield

Taking inspiration from John Ruskin’s quote “There is no wealth but life” this project aims to reveal the social, political, physical and cultural wealth of Sheffield, past and present. Over the last year SSoA has been working with arts programme Ruskin in Sheffield which aims to reveal, reconnect and reimagine the renowned Victorian artist, critic, thinker and social reformer’s legacy in Sheffield. This project aims to inspire people further via a series of walks around Sheffield city centre, and possibly its neighbourhoods.

Wentworth Castle Walled Gardens

Wentworth Castle & Stainborough Park Heritage Trust, nr Barnsley

The beautiful gardens and parkland at Wentworth Castle are the only Grade 1 listed landscape in South Yorkshire and is one of the most popular visitor destinations in Yorkshire. An active and enthusiastic community group of volunteers have recently achieved the restoration of the Victorian Glasshouses and have now turned their attention to the
restoration of the Walled Gardens. This Live Project will enable them to kick-start this new project with the benefit of ideas and designs. The clients need to explore how best to connect the gardens with the rest of the estate, the Grade 2 listed orangery and other existing visitor facilities, bearing in mind the mhistoric status of the enclosing walls.

Incredible Northern Greenhouse

Incredible Edible Network, The North of England

Incredible Edible was born from the realisation that we were facing huge environmental challenges around climate change and the future of many million of the world’s poorest people, and that things had to change. The model was simple. Put food at the heart of community spaces, private and public. The Live Project will develop a proposal by mapping the available land for food production in two neighbourhoods, the centre of Halifax and the Thornton Estate in Hull, and work with a number of stakeholders in each community to develop collaborations, structures and funding streams for implementation of two experimental Incredible Northern Greenhouse projects that will help to launch the initiative at the Incredible Edible Network conference on the 20th of November 2015.

Duke St, Park Hill

S1 Artspace, Sheffield

S1 Artspace is an arts organisation that provides space for Sheffield-based artists and runs a project space that hosts contemporary exhibitions, screenings and events. S1 is keen to engage communities with the fascinating heritage of the iconic Grade 2* Park Hill, the largest listed structure in Europe. This Live Project will carry out public engagement to research the needs and interests of local communities and visitors, and explore how they would like the building to be used.

Derby Silk Mill

Derby Museums, Derby

Derby Silk Mill, the site of the world’s first factory, has recently been awarded £16.4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to redevelop the entire building and become the Museum of Making. One of the principle aims of the new museum is to provide access to 100% of the collections for visitors through a visible storage solution. They’re looking for a highly-skilled team of thinkers, designers and makers to coproduce an innovative, sustainable and characterful solution to this unique display challenge.

Blackburn: Cultural Capital

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackburn

Blackburn is going through an exciting time of cultural development. The council’s cultural strategy ‘Blackburn is Open’ is setting the national agenda for its programme of meanwhile use, urban rooms and incubation of local independent businesses and creative practitioners. This Live Project is to propose a vision for the cultural development of Blackburn town centre focussing on social capital, making and collective cultural production.

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, Sheffield

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground is a charity run by local people. It serves the very diverse communities of Pitsmoor and Burngreave neighbourhoods in northern Sheffield and provides a safe environment for local children and their parents to play. The playground survives on good will and creative ways with scarce resources. This Live Project will involve close collaboration with the playground team to map available local resources, explore possible funding and, with visitors to the playground, design and construct new
prototype playground structures.