The £30 million facility has been shortlisted for the RIBA regional shortlist.
Charles Street was opened in May 2016, is home to the Sheffield Institute of Education, and houses more than 150 academic staff and 5,000 students – making it one of the largest providers of education training and research in the UK.
Charles Street sits within the city’s Cultural Industries Quarter adjacent to the Grade II* Listed Butcher Works. The building sought to respond to the historical significance of the site whilst creating a contemporary facility for the University.
The six-storey building, designed by Bond Bryan Architects responds and reflects the heritage of the Cultural Industries Quarter through a layering of design features; the extension of Brown Street remains through the centre of the building matching the street grid of the surrounding area, creating an outdoor indoors with two flexible teaching block on either side. The brickwork and roofscape reflect the historical significance of the site; emulating a workshop rooftop, the internal and external brickwork imitates that of the surrounding buildings.
Dan Ladbury, Director of Estates at Hallam, said: “We’re thrilled that the Charles Street has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. We’re immensely proud of the building and it’s development was a real example of teamwork, both within the University and with our external partners – so it is great to get this professional recognition of its quality and impact.”
RIBA’s annual awards celebrate the best architecture in the world, and awards are given for buildings that have made a substantial contribution to the local environment. Following a further round of judging the regional awards will be announced May 2018.