Albert Works

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Yorkshire & Humberside

Local Authority Area

Sheffield

Information about this scheme

Albert Works creates a headquarter office that sympathetically builds on Sheffield’s industrial heritage. The project involved the conversion of four disused red-brick warehouses with the integration of a new central open plan infill to create approximately 1,600sqm of flexible workspace for a marketing agency. The brief included workspace for a large design studio and spaces for teams of accountants, data analysts and management. Albert Works efficiently connects these dynamic working groups within a single studio environment with allowance for flexibility and expansion. The original character of the existing buildings has been sensitively restored using traditional trades and materials. The form of the new exposed steel infill frame creates three bays that are pulled away from the existing buildings to create an integrated perimeter walkway and service zone. Externally, the new build elements are expressed with the use of bronze-finished aluminium cladding. This clearly differentiates the new from the old in a non-pastiche manner, with the metal cladding providing a nod to the industrial heritage of metal fabrication in the immediate site and wider city of Sheffield. Rather than demolish a piece of Sheffield’s industrial heritage, Albert Works celebrates its history and sensitively breathes new life into the local area. This is actively achieved through events that are regularly hosted in the space, bringing economic vibrancy into a once redundant part of Sheffield’s City Centre.

Credits

Architect

Cartwright Pickard

Client

City Estates

Other

Jaywing

Interior Designer

93ft

Main Contractor

JP Mooney

Structural Engineer

DP Square

M&E Engineers

Shearstone Mechanical

Primary Use Class

Class B1 - Business