Gateway Project, Sheffield Cathedral

Confidently unlocks this important space

· Credit: Paul Barker

Thomas Ford and Partners for the Dean and Chapter of Sheffield Cathedral

Contract value: £2.87 million

GIA: 1,200 m2

Building of the Year

Conservation award

This, the overall Yorkshire region winner, is a project that gains much credit from the reverence that it shows its historic context. A former parish church, a cathedral for the past century, it is the oldest building in Sheffield still in daily use, with later additions.  The extensive renovation works to the building, including a new floor and services, have been discreetly done to a very high standard of workmanship.

  • · Credit: Exposure Property Marketing
  • · Credit: Exposure Property Marketing
  • · Credit: Paul Barker

Similarly the transformative creation of a new entrance sequence, under the premise of making the building more accessible, not only simply fulfils this role in an effortless manner, but in doing so rejuvenates the entrance experience for all.

While seemingly modest in size, deferential in character, and concise in its strategy, the project confidently unlocks this important space in the heart of Sheffield, giving it a new lease of life and inviting in new communities.

See other winners in the RIBA Regional Awards 2015 – Yorkshire