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DRDH lands Sheffield gallery job

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DRDH Architects has been appointed to overhaul the Site Gallery in Sheffield

The London-based studio defeated de Matos Ryan, ZCD, Bauman Lyons, Assemble and dRMM to land the prestigious Brown Street scheme.

Supported by Arts Council England and Sheffield City Council, the project will treble the size of the multimedia and art museum.

The appointment comes four years after DRDH won a RIBA National Award and Building of the Year in the Sheffield Design Awards for The Workshop in the city’s Nether Edge district.

Site Gallery first opened in Walkley in 1978 but later relocated to the city centre. The museum currently features two galleries and has exhibited works by artists Susan Hiller and Mat Collishaw.

Site Gallery executive director Judith Harry said: ‘With strong links to Sheffield, DRDH clearly have a genuine understanding of the gallery’s ambitions for expansion.

‘The development presents a real step-change in the delivery of our business and will greatly increase resource for artistic and audience focused activity in Sheffield.’

David Howarth, director of DRDH added: ‘We welcome the opportunity given to us by Site Gallery to develop a major project for an important and established art space and once again build in the city.’

He continued: ‘We look forward to being involved in the ongoing development of Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter and hopefully our work with such a creative client will contribute to the city’s wider renaissance.’

DRDH will lead a design team which includes Mott MacDonald, engineers HRW and Turner & Townsend.

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