‘Engaging, clever and thoughtful’ Albert Works development recognised

A former derelict cutlery factory in Sheffield which underwent a dramatic conversion into state-of-the-art office space has won a prestigious national award.

Albert Works, on the corner of Sidney Street and Matilda Street in Sheffield’s cultural industries quarter, picked up the Workplace of the Year (up to 20,000m²) award at the 2018 Architects’ Journal Architecture Awards.

The awards, held at the Roundhouse in London, recognise excellence in UK architecture across a range of categories, from school project of the year to housing project of the year.

The £2.2m office complex, with around 1,600sqm of floor space, was created by architecture practice Cartwright Pickard for Sheffield-based City Estates, and is now home to creative marketing agency, Jaywing.

Albert Works was praised by judges as being ‘a delight: very engaging, clever and thoughtful’.

Judges also noted that the project ‘is simply detailed at low cost, without resorting to poor details’ and ‘it [Albert Works] thinks ahead about what the building will contribute to the community’.

The Albert Works scheme, part of City Estates’ Alsop Fields development – of which phase one was completed in 2017, involved the conversion of four disused red-brick warehouses, with the integration of a new central, open plan infill to create about 1,600sqm of flexible workspace.

Peter Cartwright, Director at Cartwright Pickard, said: “We have been involved in a number of projects in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter which have won several local and regional design awards, but Albert Works is the first to be recognised with national awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects, British Council for Offices and now to be named Workplace of the Year by the Architects’ Journal.

“We feel that the building shows the quality of architecture that can be achieved on a tight budget when you work hard and work effectively together.

“We are absolutely delighted that the efforts of our client, the whole design team and our practice have been recognised in this way.”

Dale Fixter, director at City Estates, said: “The Albert Works development is part of our wider Alsop Fields project, which is transforming the cultural industries quarter in the heart of Sheffield.

“The developments – Albert Works included – capture the essence of the city’s industrial heritage.

“We’re delighted for Cartwright Pickard that the excellent work of their team has again been recognised with a prestigious industry accolade.”

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