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Forgotten Spaces Sheffield 2011: Shortlist – The Porter City by Dom Lewis and Max Aughton

The Porter City, an Art Gallery, Historic Walk, Nature Trail and cross city link showcasing all that’s great about Sheffield while pursuing to revitalise the CIQ and the surrounding area

The Porter Brook is currently an overlooked and tucked away yet hugely valuable resource, winding its way unobserved through the City.

No more apparent is its progress through the CIQ (Cultural Industries Quarter) where it is drawn frequently into the darkness of culverts. Naturally germinated plants are defiant through the concrete creating small pocket habitats, vital to inner city wildlife.

The Porter City will seek to draw people deeper into the CIQ to explore and absorb the creative environment. The route will be a sensory journey, embracing the river as an integral part of expansion and increased recognition of the area.

It will combine naturalised flood alleviation with accessible habitats reinforced by allowing nature full control of the Brooks banks.

Part of the proposal is the rebirth of the Matilda Street building as the Porter Galleries, Sheffield’s first dedicated art centre, supporting establish artists and nurturing those up-and-coming. The route will also provide a linear access from the train station to this area of the city.

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  • A fabulous concept, using one of the watercourses common to Sheffield to create a linear trail through the City. The exploration of culverted brooks and rivers offers exciting opportunities for Habitat creation. I like the proposed use of bio engineering techniques and the idea links well to other established routes through the City such as the gold route, also using water but in a more controlled form. The development of a nature rich route through an industrial area could create a striking contrast.

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