Architectural Student Moves To The City

22nd January 2018

Josh Cooper

I already knew Sheffield reasonably well before I started work for Byrom Clark Roberts, having just completed a year of study for my Part II qualification at Sheffield Hallam University, but the new job has taken me into a new part of the city and given me an excellent bird's eye view from our 6th floor location. From the office, you can see Kelham Island, the Blackburn Meadows Biomass Plant, Sheffield Cathedral, Park Hill, the Town Hall and oversailing all, the cranes indicative of the investment in Sheffield and a clear sign that our economy is growing.

More time to explore also means finding different routes between the train station and the office. Sheffield Architects are really quite spoiled as the direct way takes me past the Millennium Gallery, Winter Gardens and the top of Fargate (most of which is currently wrapped beneath a layer of scaffolding) but for two minutes either way, it’s possible to get a closer view of the Cathedral Church of Saint Marie and the Crucible Theatre, or the Peace Gardens and new Sheffield Hallam University building on Charles Street.

This contrast between old and new buildings is not unique to Sheffield, but there is an unusual density here and some very successful examples of how to enhance, rather than overshadow, the historic city fabric. The route from the old Town Hall through the Winter Gardens and Millennium Gallery demonstrates this very well, giving travellers a covered route towards the bus and train stations, directly past the entrances to a number of free galleries. Seeing all of this – watching the city of Sheffield grow and change on a daily basis, makes for a far more interesting commute.

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