By Luke Lonergan
A team of Urban Design and Architecture students are to unveil their ambitious regeneration plans in and around Sheffield city centre tomorrow.
The students have been working a number of projects which aim to show how to best utilise and maximise space. They have focused on five different sites, including Wicker and the Devonshire Quarter, with each looking at a different type of development.
Students are working around the idea of ‘Community Land Trusts’; small groups run by normal people in order to manage and develop underused spaces.
Working with the Sheffield Community Land Trust, students have examined how this emerging way of developing land can be applied in Sheffield.
Architecture student at the University of Sheffield, Ruth Friswell, 20, said: “It’s a really good idea to have real life projects, and to have it city wide as well. It’s been well advertised too, I’ve seen posters everywhere. As a second year student it’s really good to be involved with this so soon into my degree.”
The project was set up by Prof. Cristina Cerulli, she said: “We work in partnership with organisations that are trying to implemented community housing, and with the city council, so its very much a real life project. The students do most of the work and the research for the project though. We hope to have a follow up project next year.”
The projects are all available to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. The sites are at the Devonshire Quarter, Fargate, Wellington Street, Wicker Arches and at the River Don Footbridge, also in Wicker, and all open tomorrow.