The Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park project won Landscape Architecture of the Year at the 2018 AJ Architecture Awards at The Roundhouse Camden in London last week.
The awards recognise excellence in UK architecture across a range of categories. The project beat competition from projects such as Sky TV’s Campus, the City of Glasgow College’s Landscape and Public Realm and the Canal Corridor at Kings Cross.
The judges described the winning project as an imaginative piece of landscape-first regeneration. They said: “The scheme features clever connectivity throughout the site which has already brought people into the area and delivered a highly sustainable slot-in infrastructure ready for the next wave of new development.”
Henry Boot Construction undertook the landscape and infrastructure works at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, collaborating with a project team including Turner and Townsend, Arup, Ares Landscape Architects and Amey. The works were funded through Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund and procured by Sheffield City Council.
Former Minister for Sport and Project Lead for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, Richard Caborn, said: “These awards recognise projects that are leading the way in architectural design, so we couldn’t be prouder to win.
“At Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, we’ve brought a number of organisations together to create a world-class space for people to work, learn and improve their health and wellbeing.
“The Lower Don Valley area was ripe for regeneration and Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is driving economic and social renaissance, offering improved education, development of new skills, additional job opportunities from the research centres, sports facilities and space for companies to grow.
“In addition to all this, we’ve prioritised green spaces, access to waterways, run routes, cycle paths and a synthetic cricket pitch to further regenerate this area of the city.”
Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is a London 2012 Olympic Legacy Project for health and wellbeing research and learning. The four legacy themes from London 2012 are sport, local community, environment and economic regeneration. Each of these themes are being delivered on Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
For more information about Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, visit www.olympiclegacypark.co.uk.