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Sheffield Interchange

Part 2 Project 2000
Gregory Moss
University of Sheffield Sheffield UK
The thesis explores the possibilities created by emerging working practices allied with the creation of new social and business hubs, centred at points of transport interconnection. In its accomplishment, the burgeoning potential of the rail network is instrumental. Located at the site of Sheffield’s existing station, the project demonstrates how the introduction of a Regional Eurostar connection combined with other rail and public transport improvements can be used to turn around the fortunes of its urban surroundings on a large scale. The project also upholds the ecological virtues of public transport in a city centre environment and hence minimises dependency on the private car.

The demand for face to face contact instigated by digitally serviced mobile working is ideally satisfied at points of transport interconnection. This leads to the interchange becoming a destination in itself, adopting a role akin to that of the Agora.

The project aims to combine these changes in working life with the (as yet) untapped transcontinental rail network. As enhanced transport systems mean propinquity becomes less important, the economic and geographic potential of a city such as Sheffield can be harnessed and channelled into the rejuvenation of the city.

Gregory Moss


Greg Moss' project was outstanding in terms of the urban strategy, linking the city centre, Park Hill, train and bus station in an elegant sweep across Sheffield's Sheaf Valley. Greg mastered the project from the initial proposition to the detailed quality of space and to the appropriate and accomplished way that he communicated the ideas. The project's success was due to a combination of serious research defining the area of investigation and the creative vision.

This project is concerned with evolving working practice and how the potential of the rail network could be instrumental in its realisation. The scheme is located at the site of Sheffield’s existing railway station and comprises a new transport and work hub underpinned by the introduction of a Regional Eurostar service. The demand for face to face contact generated by digitally serviced mobile working is ideally satisfied at points of transport interconnection. This leads to the interchange developing a role akin to that of the Agora, becoming a destination itself, combining these changes in working life with the (as yet) untapped transcontinental rail network. As transport systems are enhanced propinquity becomes less important and the economic and geographic potential of Sheffield can be harnessed and channelled into the rejuvenation of the city.

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