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Sheffield Design Awards Winner

The architects of UTC Sheffield are one of the winners of this year’s prestigious Sheffield Design Awards.

Judges praised HLM Architects for creating an inspiring and dramatic inner city building.

They said the combination of an existing historical building and a larger new build has given an exemplary learning environment, which is a great asset for the city.

They also felt that the building met the challenges of a tight programme and limited budget.

The Sheffield Design Awards are organised by Sheffield Civic Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects. The winners were announced on October 17th.

The well thought-out design enables the building to maximise highly technical learning on a compact site.

Nick Crew, UTC Sheffield Principal, said: “I am delighted with the recognition given to the UTC Sheffield building. The well thought-out design enables the building to maximise highly technical learning on a compact site.

 

He added: “It provides a visually inspirational surrounding whilst maintaining the contrast to the historic features of the Sydney building. Every visitor comments on the building’s visual aspect and buzz.

Sheffield-based HLM’s award-winning concept was in response to a challenging brief, which required the extensive use of renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

Judges praised HLM Architects for creating an inspiring and dramatic inner city building.

HLM specified high thermal mass and night time purging, bio-diverse roofs and natural ventilation, wherever possible. The scheme is also powered by the Sheffield District Heat and Power System, which provides renewable energy by incinerating the city’s waste.

Nick Beecroft, HLM’s Operations Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that this project has won this prestigious design award, which further reinforces our expertise in the education sector. This award also reflects on everyone at HLM who worked on this project, of which we are all immensely proud.

UTC Sheffield, which opened in September 2013, has been sponsored and led by The Sheffield College with Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce as co-sponsors. Sheffield City Council has provided the land on a 125-year lease at a peppercorn rent. Wates Construction built the UTC.

The £9.9 million facility, on Matilda Street, provides opportunities for 14 to 19-year-olds and businesses to work together. Students are taught technical skills in the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital sectors, in addition to GCSEs and A Levels. More than 40 employers are supporting the curriculum.

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