Sheaf Square is a public space situated outside Sheffield Station. The area was previously used as a car park, and was surrounded by a major road network.
The square now provides a stunning entrance to the city centre.
Sheaf Square is part of our City Centre Master plan. It won the coveted Project of the Year Award in the 2006 National Rail Awards and contains the:
- spectacular Cutting Edge Sculpture, which combines the city’s famous resource – steel - with water and light
- dramatic cascade of water, which uses noise and light to give the plaza an exciting atmosphere
It forms the start of a spectacular walk, the Gold Route, taking visitors from the train station through a series of exciting new developments each with their own distinctive lighting, public art and water features, to the city centre.
The Cutting Edge Sculpture
Sheffield design team, Si Applied and international glass artist Keiko Mukaide collaborated in the development of the sculpture.
The sculpture is 90 metres long, and 5 metres high at the highest point.
The stainless steel was provided by Outokumpu of Brightside Sheffield, and the structure was manufactured by Jordans of Bristol.
The external material is 4mm thick, with a mirror polish on one side of the sculpture and a matt/satin finish on the other.
The sculpture was constructed in 8 pieces over a 6 month period, it was delivered to the site in 4 deliveries.
The materials required to make the external structure weigh approximately 29 tonnes, and the internal frame probably weighs as much. Therefore the whole sculpture weighs approximately 60 tonnes!