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Pat Midgley Community Hub, Sheffield
Project Name: Pat Midgley Community Hub
Type: Community and Residential
Client: Great Places Housing Group
Location: Sheffield
The Wybourn Village Centre is part of a wider urban regeneration project in an inner-city neighbourhood in Sheffield delivering 12 apartments and a new Community Hub named after beloved local councillor Pat Midgely, who gave years of service to her community before she passed away in 2020. Great Places Housing Group developed the project in consultation with the local community and in partnership with Manor & Castle Development Trust.

Located in the heart of Wybourn, close to the Children’s Centre and Wybourn Community Primary School, the new buildings serve approximately 2,000 nearby homes and create a vibrant new focal point for the area. The design is comprised of two low-rise blocks providing new accommodation in addition to a community café and space for a range of events, education courses, and other engagement activities.

Much of the scheme is built using red brick to complement the surrounding residential area, but the most eye-catching characteristic is the alternative glazed brick finish to the corner elevation of Block A. The dark blue glazed bricks at ground floor transition to a lighter blue for the upper storeys. The transition in materials serves to define the buildings functions and scale whilst also reflecting the banding on the surrounding houses.

Prior to its construction, local schools and the nearby Children’s Centre were oversubscribed and unable to provide the necessary spaces for local residents and community groups. As the final phase of a wider residential-led masterplan for Great Places Housing Group, The Pat Midgley Community Hub now serves to fulfil the need within the local community for a fantastic community-run asset.

Modern features such as brick detailing and large expanses of glazing add a modern twist to a considered design all built with robust and high-quality materials. Both blocks possess vertical bricks at the very top of the facades whilst some windows are positioned inside slightly recessed sections of brickwork for visual interest. A pre-cast / mosaic element on the prominent corner of each block achieves the same.