HLM Press Release: RIBA Design Award for HLM

Sheffield-based architects, HLM, has been named as one of the winners in this year’s prestigious RIBA Sheffield Design Awards for the design of Yorkshire’s first University Technical College.

HLM’s scheme won plaudits from the RIBA judges who felt that the building “met the challenges of a tight programme, limited budget and an inner city site to create an inspiring and at times dramatic building. The combination of [an existing] historical building and a larger new build has given an exemplary learning environment which is a great asset for the city.”

HLM’s award-winning concept was in response to a challenging brief, which required the extensive use of renewable energy and sustainable technologies. HLM specified high thermal mass and night time purging, bio-diverse roofs and natural ventilation, wherever possible. The scheme is also powered by the Sheffield District Heat and Power System, which provides renewable energy by incinerating the city’s waste.

On learning of the award UTC Sheffield’s Principal, Nick Crew, said: “I am delighted with the recognition given to the UTC Sheffield building. The well thought-out design enables the building to maximise highly technical learning on a compact site. It provides a visually inspirational surrounding whilst maintaining the contrast to the historic features of the Sydney building. Every visitor comments on the building’s visual aspect and buzz.”

The £10m facility offers unique opportunities for students (aged 14-19) and businesses to collaborate. Students are taught work-based technical skills in the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital media sectors, in addition to GCSEs and A Levels. Commenting on the award HLM’s operations director, Nick Beecroft, said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that this project has won this prestigious design award, which further reinforces our expertise in the education sector. This award also reflects on everyone at HLM who worked on this project, of which we are all immensely proud.”



University Technical Colleges are specialist technical schools where employers are heavily involved in the curriculum, effectively training the next generation of Britain’s scientists, engineers and technicians. UTC Sheffield has been sponsored and led by The Sheffield College with Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce & Industry as co-sponsors. Sheffield City Council has provided the land on a 125-year lease at a peppercorn rent.

The UTC was designed by Sheffield-based architects, HLM, and built by Wates Construction. There are currently 440 students enrolled at UTC Sheffield, with a total of 600 places overall, which are being filled through a three-year phased recruitment process finishing in September 2015. More than 40 employers are supporting the curriculum. It was officially opened in October 2013 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester. For more information on places for Year 10s and Year 12s go to www.utcsheffield.org.uk or call 0114 260 3970.

Sheffield-based HLM is an architectural practice turning over £10m a year and employing almost 200 people based at 6 UK and 2 overseas.

The company was founded in 1964 and has grown to become an established award-winning company. HLM operates across 4 main disciplines, including architecture, landscape and urban design, interior design and environmental design, operating in the education, defence, justice, residential and commercials sectors. For more information visit HLM’s website.

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