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Sheffield shortlists six for city centre makeover

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New regeneration company Sheffield One has revealed a shortlist of six illustrious teams for the job to masterplan the Yorkshire city's centre over the next 10 to 15 years.

The shortlisted teams are: Buro Happold with RTKL, West 8, Maunsell, and Drivers Jonas; Richard Rogers Partnership with Ove Arup and Lambert Smith Hampton; MacCormac Jamieson Prichard with Halcrow Fox, Roger Tym and Donaldsons; Martorell Bohigas Mackay Arquitectes (mbm) with Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and King Sturge; Rick Mather Architects withGillespies, mva and Jones Lang Lasalle; and Koetter Kim with Christopher Glaister and Steer Davies Gleave.

The teams were selected by Sheffield One's founder members, Sheffield City Council, Yorkshire Forward and English Partnerships (ep), and will be working on a 'flexible development framework' for England's fourth largest city.

ep development director David Shelton said: 'The shortlisted teams are the leaders in their fields and we can expect some exciting and highly creative visions for the city centre, backed by solid and deliverable implementation plans'.

Sheffield One deputy chairman Sir Hugh Sykes added that the competition was 'the next critical step in breathing new life into the city centre.'

The teams, selected from 25 expressions of interest, will have five weeks to produce initial ideas, after which there will be consultation including a public exhibition. A winner will be picked in late June by a jury including representatives from the council, ep, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the riba, and the masterplan will be launched in the autumn.

One interesting opposition in the shortlist is the presence of the Richard Rogers Partnership, designers of the Millennium Dome, and, leading another team, Buro Happold, rrp's engineers on the £758 million Greenwich project. Sheffield One, meanwhile, is one of the three pilot Urban Regeneration companies - the others are for East Manchester, and Liverpool Vision (see page 18) - set up as recommended by the Urban Task Force Report, Towards an Urban Renaissance - prepared by Lord Rogers.

David Taylor

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