The University of Sheffield, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield City Region have today (Monday 23 October 2017) marked the redevelopment of some of the major public spaces around the University’s campus.
The transformation of Leavygreave Road and Portobello into a stunning public space with safe routes for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as sitting out and open air working areas with lots of new planting, has been undertaken jointly by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council, with a funding contribution of £2.9 million from Sheffield City Region Investment Fund.
The project has also created more spacious and safer crossings on Western Bank and Upper Hanover Street, making it much easier for students, staff and the general public to get around the campus, catch a tram or access the city centre.
The cycle and pedestrian routes are an extension of the City Council’s ‘gold route’ from the railway station through the city centre and now up to the University campus.
A prominent feature of the transformation is the arrival of five high-finish concrete ‘planter tables’ and seating designed by local artist David Appleyard.
Every table accommodates lush planting and trees and is decorated with a trio of brass bottles, modelled on the famous Henderson’s Relish bottle, with each featuring a unique engraved label which reflects an element of the area’s long and varied history.
Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management and IT at the University of Sheffield, said: “This has been a complex project involving significant changes over many months and we’re grateful to everyone for their patience while the work has been under way. We are absolutely delighted with the results. Our ambition is to open up our campus to the rest of the city, to make everyone feel welcome and safe, and this project has enabled us to take a major step forward in achieving that ambition.
“We want to encourage the people of Sheffield to enjoy and use our campus whether it’s to have lunch in one of our cafes, cycle through the campus area up to Weston Park, or just enjoy sitting and relaxing in one of the new greener, safer places that has been created through this development.”
Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet member for environment and street scene at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’ve been very impressed with the improvements which better link the University to the city centre and also promote alternative uses of transport. We now have the city’s first purpose-built cycle crossing which points the way to better connectivity for cyclists and an impressive public realm scheme complete with distinctive artwork celebrating the very best of Sheffield.”