Sheffield Design Awards launch event tonight at City Hall

Sheffield Design Awards launch event is being held tonight at Sheffield City Hall.

The bi-annual awards will take place in October 2018 for the sixth time, but tonight’s launch will introduce the categories for this year’s awards and the entry and judging process.

The Sheffield Design Awards are a joint scheme of the Sheffield Civic Trust and the Sheffield Society of Architects.

They were established for the benefit of the public, the City of Sheffield and its region.

Awards are given to buildings and open spaces which display high architectural standards and substantially contribute to the local environment.

Judges are sent to visit a shortlist of 12 nominated sites and they decide on which one wins.

In 2016, the Grey to Green scheme won Outstanding Project of the Year Award and Best Open Space.

The scheme aims to transform Sheffield’s Riverside Business District from ‘grey’ road space into ‘green’ spaces with flowers and trees.

The Small Project Award in 2016 was won by Sheffield Foodhall, an open public dining room and kitchen run by the community.

Other award winners include the Women of Steel sculpture and Blackburn Meadows power station.

After the launch event tonight, the 2018 entry process will be in full swing and the deadline is 27th June.

Some of this year’s awards are the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Keith Hayman Award (for public art).

Dan Brown, Trustee of the Sheffield Civic Trust and President of the Sheffield Society of Architects, said: “The SDA Steering group believe it is extremely important to celebrate and recognise good design in buildings, landscape and public art.”

The launch of the 2018 Sheffield Design Awards will be held tonight,Thursday 10th May, at 5.30pm at Sheffield Town Hall.

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