Plans in for transformation of landmark Sheffield industrial icon
Plans have been submitted to transform a 200 year old Sheffield steel works, radically improving the appearance and environmental credentials of the historic industrial site.
Sheffield architects Race Cottam Associates have submitted proposals for the first phase of their masterplan to rejuvenate the 64-acre Sheffield Forgemasters site, which aims to become a showcase for environmental best practice in industry.
The plans include the external redevelopment of Sheffield Forgemasters’ Brightside Lane façade.
Derelict buildings on the popular thoroughfare, including a Grade II listed machine shop, will be brought back into use, with cleaned up brickwork and new feature lighting. Arches bricked up for more than 30 years will also be glazed in a bid to bring the site back to its former glory.
Flood prevention measures are also a key consideration for the business which sits alongside the River Don and was badly affected by the Sheffield floods of 2007. Structured landscaping will help to absorb surface water as well as improving the site’s appearance.
Race Cottam director David Cottam said: “This is not just an important development for Sheffield Forgemasters, it is also an important one for the city.
“The drive along Brightside Lane past the impressive and historic site buildings is very well known to local people. The first stage of improvements to the Sheffield Forgemasters site aims to maximise the existing architectural qualities of those buildings, whilst bringing them back to life in a way which complements and enhances their immediate environment.”
The Brightside Lane improvements are the first stage of a raft of proposals developed by Race Cottam last year for how the Sheffield Forgemasters site might develop over the next quarter century.