Sheffield park wins prestigious national architecture award

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park won a prestigious national award on Tuesday that recognises excellence in UK architecture.

The AJ Architecture Awards event took place at The Roundhouse in London and awards were given out across a range of categories, from school project of the year to housing project of the year.

The park was awarded the Landscape Architecture of the Year and managed to beat off competition from projects including Sky TV’s Campus, the City of Glasgow College’s Landscape and Public Realm and the Canal Corridor at Kings Cross.

The landscape and infrastructure at the Legacy Park were originally undertaken by Henry Boot Construction and were later helped by a project team including companies such as Turner and Townsend, Arup, Ares Landscape Architects and Amey.

Ben Handley, technical director for Ares Landscape said that the award will help to raise the profile of the Park.

“This award has shown that Sheffield has ambition. To win is a fantastic boost to all concerned, putting the project well and truly on the map.”

The judges described the park as an “imaginative piece of landscape-first regeneration.”

Mr Handley also said: “By making it a nice place it will make people more likely to develop further on the site which will in turn bring more jobs to the area.”

Former Minister for Sport and Project Lead for the Park, Richard Caborn said that as well as improving the park they have also heavily considered the environment and people’s health and well-being.

“We have prioritised green spaces, access to waterways, run routes and cycle paths.”

The park was a London 2012 Olympic Legacy Project for health and well-being research and learning that delivers the four themes from the Games: sport, local community, environment and economic regeneration.