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Commission to design and build an outdoor classroom, Sheffield

Deadline: May 11, 2009

Sheffield City Council would like to commission an individual or team to design and build an outdoor classroom as an integral part of an outdoor education space.  The commission will be of interest to artists, architects, landscape architects, green builders, craft workers, product designers, engineers and others. 

We are looking for innovative design and construction methods that reflect the history of the area and its fantastic setting, have an educational quality in their own right and look towards the future.

The commission is part of the repair and conservation of Shepherd Wheel which is the earliest recorded, extant, water powered grinding mill in Sheffield.  The new outdoor education space will be used to communicate the history of water power and the diverse heritage and wonderful ecology of the Porter Valley.  The outdoor classroom will thus link the City’s beginnings and industrial evolution to its ambitions for a sustainable future.

The commission may require a team with a combination of expertise although we are happy to receive applications from individuals.  We are looking for an innovative approach to this project and welcome submissions from students as well as established practitioners.

The total value of the commission is £27,000 (excluding VAT) to include design, manufacture and installation.  The work must be completed by 31 March 2010.

Deadline for long list submissions: 5pm 11th May 2009

Interview: 21st May 2009

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