Design that makes a difference to our city

We're pleased to announce that Foodhall and Grey to Green both won awards at the ceremony on 26 October. Grey to Green won the Open Spaces Award and Foodhall was presented with the Small Projects Award. Congratulations to everyone involved. 

Three pioneering University projects have been nominated for the Sheffield Design Awards 2016 which celebrate the most innovative, efficient and beautiful designs around our city.

Introducing our three nominees:


Louis Pohl and Jamie Wilde launched this freecycle food network to trial new ways of engaging the wider community through shared food. Now, their Eyre Street Cafe is a place where people are invited to cook or dine communally on a pay as you feel basis.

The menu changes daily and the fridge is always stocked with food that may have otherwise been thrown away.

The project has been nominated for its innovative design and flexible space, all created on a minimal budget. Transformed from an old funeral director’s office, the building now features a full kitchen and a friendly, colourful dining space.

Henry Tufton, a student volunteer, said: “Foodhall is the most successful space I have ever seen for creating a sense of community between people from vastly different backgrounds.

“There aren't many places where it is typical for an elderly person, a student and a middle-aged rough sleeper to be enjoying a meal together around a table.

“Foodhall exists in opposition to a prevailing culture of waste and social isolation. The building proves that design can have a positive effect on social and emotional wellbeing and that is why it is great that Foodhall is being recognised by the Sheffield Design Awards.”

Grey to Green

Grey to Green is a partnership between our University, Sheffield City Council and local businesses. It aims to transform 1.3 kilmeters of redundant inner city dual carriageway between West Bar and Exchange Street into a linear green route for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

The project has been recognised for its commitment to transforming public space and helping forge a sustainable future for our city. Led by Professor Nigel Dunnet from our Department of Landscape, and in collaboration with Sheffield City Council, our staff and students helped create the project.

Our Department of Landscape was responsible for the design and specification of the landscape plantings.

Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough, working with City landscape architects, developed the plant mixes, rain gardens and perennial strips. Ideas contributed from Nigel’s students were also key to the project.

Factory 2050

Factory 2050, our revolutionary, glass-walled reconfigurable factory has also made it onto the list of nominees. The spectacular building is designed to house cutting-edge technologies and research. 

Factory 2050 is home to staff focused on the research and demonstration work associated with building the next generation of aircraft and energy technologies.

Factory 2050’s landmark, the glass-clad rotunda will house reconfigurable, data driven assembly technologies whilst its long, rectangular extension will accommodate any commercially sensitive or larger footprint projects.