Charter Square nominated for prestigious town planning award
Sheffield city centre’s newest public space, Charter Square, has been nominated for this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Yorkshire Regional Awards for Planning Excellence, which takes place this month.
Charter Square was developed alongside the outstanding Grosvenor House office building as part of Sheffield City Council’s Heart of the City programme – a significant mix of public realm and development projects that is transforming the centre of Sheffield.
The revamped Charter Square, which used to be dominated by a traffic-heavy roundabout and dual carriageway, is now a stunning landscaped public space with bespoke seating areas and a large commercial unit, which is soon to be home to a new bar, restaurant and terrace by the popular New World Trading Company.
The multi-functional destination promotes pedestrian and cycling routes, employs innovative planting techniques to help drainage and has created an attractive setting for new assets such as The Light cinema and Grosvenor House – occupied by banking giants HSBC and global law firm CMS.
“Being shortlisted for the Planning Excellence award clearly demonstrates the quality of Charter Square.. The space offers relaxation and respite from our typically bustling urban environment and has set the benchmark for our public realm in the city centre.”Zac Tudor, Principal Landscape Architect – Sheffield City Centre
Charter Square, along with other shortlisted projects, will find out the winner of the prestigious award at a virtual awards ceremony on 17 November.
Other key organisations involved with the project include David Leonard Architects, Sheffield City Region, Turner & Townsend and Arup.