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Sheffield Design Awards

The Sheffield Design Awards (SDA) were set up by the then recently established Civic Trust in 2006 to recognise quality and high standards in buildings and public spaces in Sheffield and the City Region.

They have been awarded in alternate years ever since with the exception of 2020, for the usual reasons. In order to maximise the possibilities of sponsorship and ensure their independence, SDA began working in collaboration with the Sheffield Society of Architects and then became an independent charity in 2018.


One particular aspect of these awards of which we are proud is the People’s Choice Award, in which the public are invited to nominate and choose their favourite buildings or spaces.

Entries are judged by experts in the field, and the judging and Awards Ceremony take place in the Autumn, preceded in the biennial cycle with a formal launch in late Spring, with a publicity event a year ahead of the Awards.

Past notable winners have included the Q Park, the bird hide at Chatsworth Farm, the Leopold Square redevelopment, the Peace Gardens, Sellers' Wheel Cafe, the Olympic Legacy Park, Women of Steel statue, the Grey-to-Green landscaping on Castlegate, the Sheffield Flood Memorial at Lidl, Malin Bridge. These are all contributing to our enjoyment of Sheffield and our local area. We see the awards as an important way in which we can encourage quality design for the future.

Click here to read about the 2022 Sheffield Design Awards

Engineering Heartspace, 2022 winner People's Choice and Best Large Project, University of Sheffield and Bond Bryan.

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Destination Longshaw, Outstanding Project of the Year 2022 winner. Studio Gedye.

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