The Sheffield CLT is a project aimed at working with local residents to turn vacant buildings and plots in the city into genuinely affordable housing for the Sheffield community.
If being part of this project interests you or if you would like to learn more about social-enterprise housing models for Sheffield bring your lunch and join us at the Union St. co-working space for a chat at lunchtime on Friday 24 March 2017.
As we are moving forward, we will be soon applying for the support offered by the CLT Network and to other grants available for projects aiming to deliver affordable houses to the community. In order to start this journey we will need to have a strong steering committee to start taking decisions, negotiate with the council and the community.
The many vacant buildings and plots in the city offer great potential for a CLT in Sheffield: their regeneration would benefit the community as a whole, in a bottom-up project where the community takes the lead and has its voice heard.
If you are passionate about your city and think that Sheffield deserves an exciting project like this, we would be happy to have you on board.
More news is coming soon: feel free to get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter at @SheffieldCLT, Facebook at SheffieldCLT or to pop up for a visit at Studio Polpo‘s offices in the Union Street Co-Working space.
A further step in the realization of the Sheffield CLT: we have recently joined the National CLT Network as a Stat Up affiliate. By joining the Network, we are supporting its lobbying and campaigning to have the needs of CLTs heard by our Government, we will be able to share knowledge and experience, so crucial at the developing stage. The Network was established in 2010 and since then it helped the development of over 170 CLTs across England and Wales.
We are happy to have joined the Network and looking forward to starting this new chapter!
With this projects students’ look at Wicker multicultural environment and look at the communities’ women to reinterpret their role and use of public spaces. They propose workshops, collective cooking, and playground activities to gather women to public spaces. The second step would be to gather funding towards more permanent structures and long-term projects like growing food at the railway bridge, the construction of permanent structure for the families, in order to also create jobs and foster the local economy.
a- The group first analysed the local situation, highlighting the issues and potentials and then designed a tailored project that in the short term would see the development of a community center, a riverside coffee and a communal kitchen. The plan would later include affordable school, a community park and a housing area.
b- With this project the student focused on the waterfront zone, putting forward a project of reactivation. Her plan included a commercial and leisure area, a community park and gym and cultural spaces.
The group’s idea developed around the question: “would you like to ‘live and work’ in the city centre?” This simple question draws the attention to the issues of rent affordability that often make inaccessible the city centre, forcing people and companies to move away. They also underlined the existence of empty unused buildings in the city centre, raising awareness regarding the gradual decency and abandonment of central areas. The group proposes a working and living environment – the Fargate ‘Co-studio’ – as an alternative of community re-appropriation of the city centre.
The motto of the group was: “proposing a phased community-led development for Wellington street, to achieve its potentials as a thriving city centre with identity, vitality and diversity”
The group underlined the central position of Wellington Street as its main potential: they looked at the existing network and outlined future possible partnerships to gather funding for the renovation of the area. They proposed a more attracting green park and the car park to be turned into a complex of affordable houses.
As initial phase of the project the group explored possible ways to create a community of current and future residents in the Devonshire Quarter through inclusive activities. In their vision the area would gain a new life through historic building regeneration, public activation, new affordable housing and a revitalised outdoor public space.
Some snaphots of installations by students of MA in Urban Design at the Sheffield School of Architecture presenting their ideas of possible community led development approaches for Sheffield CLT in Sheffield city centre on 17th May 2016.
The exhibition will walk you through the different visions the students produced for five different areas of Sheffield city centre. The aim is to challenge the idea we have of our city and finding creative and affordable ways of taking ownership of abandoned or neglected city spaces, through community-led projects.
Do not miss this opportunity to see Sheffield from another perspective and do get in touch if you have any comments and if you would like to get involved!