Sheffield Institute for
Translational Neuroscience


University developments recognised as Yorkshire's finest

Two University of Sheffield developments were honoured at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2011 last week (20 May 2011).

The Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) and the Western Bank Library beat off competition from the rest of Yorkshire's most impressive property schemes to win. SITraN scooped the award for Best Design and Innovation, whilst Western Bank Library won the award for Best Building Conservation. The RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors. From an entry of 69 projects from all over Yorkshire and Humberside, 56 schemes were shortlisted for eight RICS category trophies.

The award for SITraN is another in a series of accolades that the institute has received since its opening by Her Majesty the Queen in November last year. SITraN also won the award for Best Commercial Development at the South Yorkshire and Humber Local Authority Building Excellence Awards in April. Also in April, the Duke of Devonshire, Honorary Patron of SITraN, addressed an audience at the institute's first public open day. Professor Pamela Shaw, Head of Department at SITraN, said of the RICS Award: "This is wonderful recognition for the talented teams that designed and built the SITraN building. Research on Motor NeuronDdisease and related neurodegenerative disorders now has state of the art facilities in Sheffield. These will have a huge impact on the speed and quality of our research, in terms of creating benefits for patients and our ability to attract talented clinicians and scientists from around the world to join our research effort in the city of Sheffield."

Opened by poet T.S. Eliot in 1959, the University's Western Bank Library is widely regarded as one of the most significant academic buildings of the immediate post-war period, and was designed to hold over a million books. A refurbishment project completed last year saw the building restore its distinctive original features whilst updating the building's facilities for current library users. Martin Lewis, Director of Library Services, said: "I'm very pleased, on behalf of the project team and the University Library staff, that the sensitive redevelopment of this fine building has been recognized by RICS. It follows the project's success at the Royal Institute of British Architects White Rose Awards and Sheffield Design Awards and reflects the outstanding quality of both the design and execution."

David Briggs, Project Manager of the SITraN development, commented: "It's satisfying for the whole team that their efforts in delivering this excellent building have been rewarded. Combined with the award for the Western Bank Library, this demonstrates the University's commitment to combining both modern and sympathetic design with the world leading research which takes place within."