Barracks project makes headline news 08 Sep 2010
Race Cottam hit the headlines recently when news was announced of its involvement in refurbishing a project which it first worked on 20 years ago. The practice worked as the lead design architects on the original project to transform Sheffield’s derelict Hillsborough Barracks site into a new complex that cantered on a new Morrisons supermarket and also included a bus interchange, an hotel, a restaurant and wide range of other smaller retail outlets.
Race Cottam’s design called for 50,000 cubic metres of earth to be excavated from the original infantry parade ground so that a half-deck car park could be created. A roof was also added over the old artillery parade ground so that the external elevation of some of the original buildings could be incorporated into the Morrison’s store
The practice has now been asked to work on a new design which will improve the existing food preparation and street market areas inside the Morrisons store, as well as adding a new entrance under the old clock tower and improving the car parking facilities. Two member of the Race Cottam team who will work on the project, Managing Director David Cottam and Senior Architectural Technician Patrick Linskill, will also be involved this time around.
“Working on this scheme will certainly bring back some memories for Patrick and myself,” says David Cottam. “When we first heard of the project over 20 years ago we were delighted that Morrison’s and the original developer had the foresight to invest in the derelict Barracks site and bring it back to life.
“The original buildings are part of Sheffield’s history and far too important to lose. Many people worked very hard to bring those buildings and the overall site back to life and we were very pleased with the end result.From our perspective the new refurbishment gives us a great opportunity to revisit a project we worked on two decades ago and help bring it right up to date again.”