Kelham Island, one of Sheffield’s most popular up-and-coming areas, has been voted the best neighbourhood in the UK and Ireland at the 2019 Urbanism Awards.
Kelham Island edged out areas in Manchester and London due to the organic nature by which it came about. Assessors noted the close relationship between the local area and its industrial history.
Local residents have expressed delight at the award, however, they believe there is still some work to be done.
Sara McWilliams, 37, said: “It’s fantastic for Sheffield, and its good in terms of recognition for Kelham Island and how much its changed, but they clearly didn’t try to park when they were here!”
Neil Thomas, 62, said: “I’ve lived just across the river for years and its blossomed recently. There’s always something on, and they haven’t hid what it used to be before. There’s more crime now, but that comes with the territory.”
Simon Downes, 39, said: “I come up to Sheffield a few times a year, I went to Uni here and I love the pubs in Kelham Island. I’d say it’s a great choice. It’s changed so much for the better, and it’s a pleasure to walk from one pub to the other, especially in the summer.”
Sheffield’s Devonshire Quarter is a former winner of the award.
Judges pointed to the close relationship Kelham Island has with its past, rooted in Sheffield’s steel industry, as a big factor in its victory.