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Forgotten Spaces Sheffield 2011: Shortlist – Pigs, Bees and Bells by David Britch, Eamonn Canniffe and Stephen Martlew

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A productive proposal for the terrain vague between Broad Street and Victoria Quays employing the joyful activities of the swineherd, the apiarist and the bell founder

This project reconfigures the forgotten interstices between five layers of urban connection - a road, a river, a tram line, a canal and an underpass.

It works within the existing conditions of contour and material to create useful space from a fragmentary and abandoned territory.

A sublime warren of hidden rivers, looking-glass like industrial waterways, light rail viaducts, crawling road traffic and gloomy subterranean passages requires its own inhabitants, the individualist and inquisitive snouts of orchard-dwelling Gloucester Old Spots, contrasting with the ‘big society’ of the floating bee hives.

The industrial productivity of the space is manifested by the casting of a carillon of bells suspended underneath the viaduct adjacent to Granelli’s sweet shop, where honey based confectionery might be purchased.

This strategy does not just reclaim the streets, it reclaims the spaces left over after planning.

Drawing by David Bricht

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