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Ideas for a giant golden frame that floats down Sheffield's canals, the city's own version of the Hollywood sign, an urban beach in a city centre car park and a shower block for people who take part in sewer exploration are all on the shortlist for the Forgotten Spaces 2011: Sheffield - an architectural ideas competition, which has been revealed today.

The shortlist of 19, chosen from 60 entries, includes a range of innovative, far reaching and practical ideas showing how to put overlooked or forgotten sites to use in the Sheffield city region.

The judging panel included David Bickle, director of London-based architectural practice Hawkins Brown; Rory Olcayto, deputy editor of the Architect's Journal; Miles Price, from British Land; Norman Wienand, head of architecture and planning at Sheffield Hallam University; Emma England, director of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire; and Simon Green, director of place at Sheffield City Council.

David Bickle, chair of the judging panel, said: "I was really pleased by the range of ideas we received for the Sheffield competition and I am satisfied the diversity of the entries has been reflected in our shortlist. It was obvious entries had come from a variety of sources - architects, designers, artists, students - and our final 19 really reflect that creative mix.

"There is so much creativity and innovation coming out of Sheffield and it was a real privilege to judge some really novel, striking and, at times, completely bonkers ideas for forgotten spaces in the region." 

Other shortlisted entries included a scheme to light up dangerously dark walkways, a golf driving range in Gaunt Shops in Gleadless Valley, giant metals bells suspended under a flyover and a vertical city farm.

An exhibition of the shortlisted designs will be staged at The Crucible Theatre, while the three winning entries will be announced at a ceremony at the theatre in September.


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Forgotten Spaces 2011: Sheffield is an ideas competition, run by the RIBA Yorkshire and Sheffield Hallam University, to encourage architects, designers and artists to come up with innovative ideas that find new uses for the region's 'forgotten spaces'. The project is sponsored by British Land, owners of Meadowhall; Creative Sheffield; Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and developers and engineers Buro Happold.

The project was launched following the success of the first Forgotten Spaces competition in London last year.

Sheffield was chosen for this year's competition as a tribute to the outstanding redevelopment work that has been undertaken in the city centre and the competition has proved a hit with both professionals and the public.

The full shortlist with galleries is available to view

For press information: contact Tess Humphrys in the University’s press office on 0114 225 4025 or email