Sheffield's Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Sheffield

Sheffield is a city of change. From the thick contrast, to the vivid colors and unusual shapes, Sheffield's architecture is first rate. Journey down this wonderful guide and you will discover several examples of people who were not afraid or scared to take risks with their unique work.
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Sheffield's Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Sheffield's Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: England » Sheffield (See other walking tours in Sheffield)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: nicole
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sheaf House
  • National Centre for Popular Music
  • Cultural Industries Quarter
  • St Pauls Tower
  • 1 Furnival Square
  • Moorfoot Building
  • Velocity Tower
  • Taylor's Eye Witness Works
Sheaf House

1) Sheaf House

Sheaf House was a nine story tower building by Sheaf Square, next to Sheffield railway station, in the centre of Sheffield, in South Yorkshire, England. The building was formerly the Sheffield area headquarters of British Rail. The building was situated on the former Pond Street Goods station, closed on 7 October 1961. Land was cleared during 1963 to make way for the new offices. Sheaf House was built with a reinforced concrete frame, finished with modern (at the time) metal and glass cladding. The building was opened in 1965 and housed 500 staff who had been transferred from the Midland Railway old offices in Norfolk House, Line control offices at Rotherham Westgate and Victoria were also closed and transferred to Sheaf House, becoming British Rail's Sheffield Division headquarters. The building was demolished in late 2005 to make way for the redevelopment of Sheaf Square. This action featured on Channel 4's Demolition television program.
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Centre for Popular Music

2) National Centre for Popular Music

The National Centre for Popular Music was a museum in Sheffield, England for contemporary music and culture, a £15 million project largely funded with contributions from the National Lottery, which opened on 1 March 1999, and closed in June 2000. The building consists of four giant stainless steel drums, surrounding an atrium area, the upper floor of which has a glazed roof. The drums, whose tops were built to rotate in to the wind, no longer rotate and have been left pointing in various directions. The unusual building has acquired a number of local nicknames including the curling stones, drums and kettles. The Museum featured a 3D surround sound auditorium in one of the drums (called Soundscapes) created by Sheffield-based musician and producer Martyn Ware, who later used the same technology as the basis for his touring project "The Future of Sound".
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cultural Industries Quarter

3) Cultural Industries Quarter

The Cultural Industries Quarter is a district in the city centre of Sheffield, England, and one of the eleven Quarters designated in the 1994 City Centre Strategy. It is roughly triangular in shape, and is bound by Howard Street, Sheaf Square and Suffolk Road to the north-east, St Mary's Road to the south and Eyre Street and Arundel Gate to the north-west, with Granville Square in the south-east. The name given reflects the intention to create a cluster of music, film and science based businesses in the area.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St Pauls Tower

4) St Pauls Tower

St Paul's Towers, (also called the City Lofts Towers or the Conran Towers), is a major development under construction in Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The scheme consists of a 32 story tower called St Paul's Tower (Conran Tower, 1 St Paul's Place or City Lofts Tower), which is primarily faced with glass, along with a 9 story block called St Paul's View (Conran View, 2 St Paul's Place or City Lofts View), which is primarily faced with glass, sandstone and bronze. They are linked at the bottom by one floor of retail space and a roof terrace atop the retail building. It fronts onto two new squares, Millennium Square and the as-yet incomplete St Paul's Square, soon to form part of a new bar and restaurant district.
Sight description based on wikipedia
1 Furnival Square

5) 1 Furnival Square

1 Furnival Square is a tower currently on hold located at 1 Eyre Street in Sheffield, England. Plans were submitted in 2006 and accepted that year. Construction started in 2007 on the smaller Jury's Inn section, of which completion is near, the taller office tower is on hold. When completed, it will be 67m (221ft) tall, with the highest floor at a height of 59m (195ft). It will have 17 floors above ground and 1 below ground. It will have 4 elevators. It consists of two buildings joined at the base. The ground floor is retail, the whole of the tall tower is office, and the small one houses a Jury's Inn hotel. It was originally intended to be one 43 meter tall 11 story tower, but this was later increased to two towers, one of which is at the original height, and the other at 67m tall and with 17 overground floors. It was placed on hold in January 2009 due to the economic climate worsening, with the Jury's Inn hotel tower complete and foundations dug for the office block.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Moorfoot Building

6) Moorfoot Building

The Moorfoot Building is a large office building in Sheffield in the form of a step pyramid. It is located at the foot of The Moor (a pedestrianised shopping street), close to the Sheffield Inner Ring Road. Before its construction, The Moor continued across St Mary's Gate onto London Road. The building opened in July 1981.

The building was previously known as the Manpower Services Commission building. It contained offices belonging to several departments of the UK government, namely: Department for Children, Schools and Families; Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills; Department for Work and Pensions; Home Office. The building was purchased by Sheffield City Council in the 2000's with the government departments as sitting tennants pending their relocation. In 2010 the Uk Government vacated the property, and were replaced by the Council's Children, Young Peoples and Families Directorate and Central Finance Service. In the summer of 2011, many departments from the Sheffield Town Hall moved into the Moorfoot Building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Velocity Tower

7) Velocity Tower

Velocity Tower is a development project currently under construction next to the Inner Ring Road in Sheffield City Centre, South Yorkshire, England, overlooking Ecclesall Road. The build is a continuation of a previous design to be built by Cala, titled 'Eclipse'. The design most noticeably evolved with the introduction of a high-quality glass cladding façade to replace the previously proposed brickwork skin. A taller ground floor was also introduced, and a roof top wind turbine array was added to improve the buildings green credentials. In December 2008, Velocity Tower - although unfinished - opened its doors to potential tenants. The tower currently has apartments to let on most floors, with the uppermost floors unfinished and a number of access points where mast climber access previously existed clad in white painted boards, rather than the glass panels of the remainder of the building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Taylor's Eye Witness Works

8) Taylor's Eye Witness Works

Taylor's Eye Witness Works is an industrial building situated on Milton Street in the Devonshire Quarter area of Sheffield city centre, South Yorkshire, England. The works are a Grade II listed building which since their foundation in 1852 have always specialized in producing kitchen and pocket knives along with various associated products. The building is believed to be the only traditional works in Sheffield which still manufactures its original products. The building is constructed from red brick, ordinary quality bricks were used for the original construction while a harder and darker engineering brick were used for the later buildings. The building is rectangular in shape being delineated by Milton Street, Thomas Street, Headford Street, and Egerton Lane, at the rear. There are three internal courtyards but much of this space has been filled by other buildings over the years. The main range of the works on Milton Street has 30 bays of windows and some basements.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles