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Insite Environments tops competition for Tinsley cooling towers site

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Insite Environments has won the Open Ideas competition for the Tinsley cooling towers site in Sheffield.

The firm topped a six-strong shortlist to win the RIBA competition which sought 'inspirational design ideas' to re-work the brownfield site - currently dominated by a pair of disused cooling towers and the M1 Tinsley viaduct.

Insite Environments' winning scheme proposes replacing the existing cooling towers with two new steel-lattice towers that will mimic the old ones. The new towers will 'acknowledge Sheffield's industrial heritage of manufacturing bespoke steel products, provide a landmark for Sheffield and herald its on-going regeneration'.

DLA Architecture came second with its proposal for a 21st-century power station. Astudio, in collaboration with Alfredo Caraballo, took third prize with a concept to turn the plot into a garden city.

Moxon Architects, Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Sprunt were the remaining shortlisted practices selected by the competition panel, which included representatives from English Partnerships, E.ON, Groundwork Sheffield, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Sheffield City Council.

by Max Thompson

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