Live Works is located on a busy shopping street in the heart of Sheffield city centre. It is a generous ground floor space with level access and big windows to the street. It offers a changing programme of events, exhibitions and activities, providing opportunities for people to share knowledge and ideas about the past, present and future of Sheffield’s built environment. It is also a learning space where architecture students and researchers collaborate with community groups on ‘live projects’ to develop socially and environmentally sustainable design solutions for the city’s buildings, streets and neighbourhoods. The Urban Room also has a makerspace, run by Aalfy, a social enterprise that holds regular events to support local people to design, make and sell their own products using digital technologies.
Location: 108 The Moor, Sheffield
Operated by: University of Sheffield, School of Architecture
Commissioned by: University of Sheffield, School of Architecture
When was UR open?: 2014 to present
Timing: Permanent (with occasional pop-up URs in neighbourhoods)
Space: Old post-office on pedestrianised city centre shopping street
How was it funded and resorced:Core funding provided by the University of Sheffield. Additional support for premises from external partners Renew Sheffield, The Moor and Sheffield BID for premises refurbishment, reduced rent and business rates relief. Projects and activities are funded on an ad-hoc basis from various sources inc. National Lottery, Levelling-Up Fund, UK & EU research funding.
In-kind funding via UoS student engaged learning modules and staff research activities.