Grey to Green wins 'Most Outstanding Project' at the Sheffield Design Awards

Nigel Dunnett receiving the Most Outstanding Project Award, together with Simon Ogden, Lucia Lorente

Sheffield's Grey to Green project won the top award at the Sheffield Design Awards ceremony on Wednesday October 26th.

The Sheffield Design Awards are held every two years, and are organised by Sheffield Civic Trust and the Sheffield Society of Architects. The Grey to Green project won the award for best new open space, and also won the overall 'Most Outstanding Project' - an award selected from all of the winners of the individual award categories.

The Grey to Green project is the UK's largest retrofit SuDS scheme, and is a Sheffield City Council scheme. The Department of Landscape played a key role in the delivery of the project, providing technical advice on the design of the rain gardens and bioswales, and in advising on the planting design of the complete scheme. Indeed, the whole project only came about because of the reputation of the Department of Landscape in the field of urban water-sensitive design, and in urban naturalistic planting design: awareness and knowledge of this activity within the City Council was the original inspiration for the project.

A section of the Grey to Green scheme in October 2016

The Sheffield Design Awards judges recognised the truly transformational nature of the scheme, the high quality of the delivery, and the leadership example it sets to other cities in the UK.

Professor Nigel Dunnett, who was closely involved in the scheme said: "it is wonderful that the Grey to Green scheme won the Most Outstanding Project award, and it is very special that the city of Sheffield itself has recognised the ground-breaking nature of the scheme. For a landscape architecture/public realm project to be given this recognition in awards that are normally dominated by buildings is another break-through."

"Involvement with this project represented a huge time commitment, not just in design team meetings and background work, but also in undertaking evening consultation events with a wide range of stakeholders, businesses and residents that were affected by the scheme. It is very rewarding that this partnership working by the University and the Department of Landscape with Sheffield City Council has resulted in real change within the city, and in this important award".