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SYHA recognised for excellence in design

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Published by Pamela Cromwell for South Yorkshire Housing Association Ltd in Housing

South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) has received a Building Excellence Award for the design and delivery of Sheffield’s Roundabout project at St Barnabas, which provides emergency and move on accommodation for homeless 16- to 21-year-olds inSouth Yorkshire. The project was named 'Best Restoration and Conversion for a Domestic Property’ at the South Yorkshire & Humber LABC Building Excellence Awards. Winners will go through to the national awards in London.

Accepting the award on behalf of SYHA, Senior Building Surveyor Howard Young said: “This is a prestigious award that reflects not only good design but how well a project was run on site together with the final quality. It was certainly a team effort from SYHA.”

The SYHA teams were led by architect Roger Southworth and Development Project Coordinator Christine Davies working in close partnership with Roundabout, contractor O&P Construction Services and Sheffield City Council, with funding support from HCA. This scheme was designed by SYHA’s Roger Southworth, whose death last year left everyone at SYHA shaken and deeply saddened.

Colleague Saxon Bond said: “Roger absolutely loved working on this scheme. He held the chief executive, staff and residents in very high regard. We have a long history of working with Roundabout and this is a fitting tribute to Roger and everyone in SYHA Architects and Development who worked so hard to get it right for the residents there.”

Roundabout Chief Executive Ben Keegan said: “The work we carried out with SYHA to refurbish the property has been absolutely vital in enabling us to provide a service that really meets the needs of some of the region’s most vulnerable young people.  Before the refurbishment, the young people had to share a room with a stranger and all the bathrooms were shared.  There was only a tiny room which was used for training sessions with the young people and we really struggled to carry out the work that we all knew was needed.  Now we have an amazing building with an extra three bedrooms, giving us twenty-seven in total, all of which are single rooms with an en-suite bathroom.  Our volunteer designer Tiina Carr worked tirelessly with us to create a vision of a welcoming, modern, yet practical, place to support young people. We were able to extend the building to create a wonderful training area that is now used all day, every day, by the young people and staff for life skills sessions which will give the young people the best chance of succeeding in their future lives.”

Everyone involved in the project commented on the brilliant partnership process that turned a lot of time and effort into an award-winning conversion.

“Roger Southworth and the SYHA team were fantastic at listening to what we wanted and really helpful in making suggestions to make it happen,” Keegan said. “From the inception of the process it really felt like a partnership and we were all committed to creating the best hostel possible.”

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