Archive for the ‘Sheffield’ Category

Battleship Grey

September 24, 2009

Above the waitrose near London Road
High I stand with downtown grand
Why did they clad me battleship grey?
See the big wheel, bright n new
Spinning people overview
Why did they clad me battleship grey?
Excited when contractors came
Tore down my tired sheath
Promises of a new life
Why oh why did they clad me battleship grey?


September 8, 2009

Sitting in the Ringinglow
Backlit blue in grey cotton wool
Pennine spitting heading east
Street light winking through the willow
Cast distant to sites no longer
Towers crashed on man’s plunger
Traffic ribbon where viaduct weaves
No smoke of toil nor hammers crashing
Gears of industry no longer gnashing

Park Hill – British Summer

July 20, 2009

DSC_0073 - MOD1 -  Veolia Incinerator Stack form Park Hill thr grasses- 21-7-09 - cropped

Like a giant cancer stick discarded in the brush lies the chimney of the Veolia incineration plant in Sheffield, as viewed from Park Hill.

DSC_0093 - MOD1 - Park Hill thr Trees - 21-7-09 - cropped

Park Hill redevelopment still at a bit of an Urban standstill…

DSC_0090 - MOD1 - Sheffield and Big Wheel from Park Hill - 21-7-09 - cropped

Sheffield’s new Big Wheel on another drizzly day.

Sheffield Snow

February 3, 2009


Snow hit Sheffield and South Yorkshire – like most of the eastern UK – on Sunday 1 February.  In reality it was nothing to worry about, though being Britain most transport stopped!  These photographs were all taken in or near the city centre on the evening of Monday 2.

Above: The new car park.  To the left is the site of the Moor redevelopment while just visible to the right is the new fire station.


The new Fire Station


New Car Park


City Lofts – now dominating the Sheffield skyline even though it is not yet complete.


St Mary’s Church


Sinister Snow Family – near London Road


The Moor

Tinsley Towers

June 22, 2008


“Tinsley Towers” – more correctly the cooling towers of the long closed Blackburn Meadows power station  – on a grey and drizzly Saturday evening.  This view from the end of Petre Street looking east towards Rotherham. <BIPS © 2008>

Steel City Signage

June 21, 2008


A brilliant logo on the front of the Starweld building on Harleston Street, a short crawl from The Crown Inn on the corner
with Petre Street.

While many seem happy to disassociate Sheffield from its heavy industry, steel and machining history there are fortunately many small businesses that are proud of this heritage.  A short walk around the Lower Don Valley one drizzly Saturday evening found the following examples of Steel City Signage.


The small foundry of Durham Foundry, also on Harleston Street.  Check out their website for some atmospheric shots of a real, small industrial concern.


Don’t underestimate the company with the cute “floating” bucket in front of their building on Petre Street.  Daver Steels have supplied specialist  structural products to numerous major new building projects, including: The Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, Aintree Racecourse, New York Times Tower, and Paddington Station in London. 
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Wicker Riverside – Sheffield

June 15, 2008


Not exactly on my top favourite list of new architecture but this development fronting the River Don, in the Wicker district, is at least one of the more interesting recent Sheffield developments.  The mixed-use building by Aedas was built by developer Artisan.  The curve-fronted tower under construction (to the left) is the 16-storey iquarter residential development by urbani.  This is on the site of the former Hancock & Lant carpet and furniture warehouse which was unfortunately demolished to enable this project; it would be very nice to see more adaptive reuse projects in Sheffield city centre.
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