University of Sheffield supports city regeneration project

  • 'Grey to Green’ regeneration project in Sheffield’s Riverside District will transform 1.3 kilometres of redundant road space and enhance the environment
  • The University of Sheffield's Landscape School will help design and radically improve the area

The first phase of an exciting and inventive project to help regenerate the Riverside Business District and Castlegate area in Sheffield is about to get underway.

SheffieldThe University of Sheffield's Landscape School is working with Sheffield City Council and Amey and Robert Bray Associates to design and radically improve the Riverside Business District and Castlegate area in Sheffield.

The ‘Grey to Green’ corridor will enhance the environment and reduce the barriers between the Riverside Business District and Castlegate with the rest of the city centre and on to Kelham Island and Victoria Quays.

The project will transform 1.3 kilometres of redundant road space, creating an attractive new linear public space including perennial meadows, a sustainable urban drainage system and rain gardens. Walking and cycling routes will create a high quality setting for a number of key development sites in the area, particularly at West Bar and Exchange Place.

Professor Nigel Dunnett, of the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield who designed the spectacular meadows at London’s Olympic Park said: “The Grey to Green project in Sheffield’s Riverside District is one of the most ambitious and visionary urban landscape projects in the country, further boosting Sheffield’s credentials as a green city.

“We are proud to bring our support and technical expertise to help make this a truly ground-breaking example to other cities in the UK, whilst also providing exciting opportunities for our students to become involved with real-life innovative and cutting-edge planning and design projects.”

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Head of Engagement at the University of Sheffield added: “In Castlegate we are seeing the first fruits of a completely new approach to partnership with the city, bringing the research resources of the University to bear in very practical ways to animate, discover and transform Sheffield’s oldest quarter whilst learning and having fun. Having this investment in this part of the city will helpfully inspire others to bring economic vibrancy back to this area.”

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