Sheaf Square is a new public area situated directly outside Sheffield Railway Station. The area was previously a car park surrounded by a major road network. Today, the development provides a stunning entrance to the city centre.
Following on from the existing relationship Vetter UK already had with client and architect Sheffield City Council and the main contractor Interserve, we were appointed to undertake the hard landscaping works.
From contract award to completion; the project which involved restoration, new walling, steps, paving and copings took 3 years to complete.
The centrepiece and most complicated element to the works was the main water feature, a series of cascading pools. With some of the block sizes over 3m long, weighing at least two tonnes, vacuum lifting equipment had to be used in order to set the stone in to position.
The use of stone is one of main features on this project. The Water Cascades display a high level of craftsmanship – each stone on the edge of the pools being hand finished to its final shape.
Vetter UK was awarded the Riba Yorkshire Public Realm Award 2006 for Howard Street Rill which fomed part of the project.
The development was officially opened on 13th March 2007.