According to a developer on the Carmel House Redevelopment (which in his own somewhat enthusiastic blurb is confused with the NRQ development), they have...
"...found some archaeology on the site which is a 13th century well, which kind of suggest [sic] that this is the very origin of Sheffield City, other than the original church this is the first settlement in Sheffield..."
This is at the top of Fargate, near the Town Hall, and suggests that the NRQ will also encounter lots of archaeology. The method of all these redevelopments appears to be to leave the facades of Grade I and II listed buildings in place, propped up by scaffolding whilst new buildings with enormous basements are constructed behind them. I am very glad I no longer live in Sheffield.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Discussion List for Contemporary and Historical
> Archaeology [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Christopher Cumberpatch
> Sent: 06 June 2006 09:10
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Sheffield Retail Quarter
> Sheffield City Council is certainly backing the scheme
> and there are other companies involved but Hammerson is the
> principal developer. It is still not too late to objects as
> the plans have seen some minor revisions which mean that a
> new deadline for objections of 21st June has been set.
> Chris Cumberpatch
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Paul Belford" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 8:59 AM
> Subject: [CHA] Sheffield Retail Quarter
> This is very depressing Chris. However it is not as though
> Hammerson are
> fully to blame... in reality this development is 'part of the
> master plan'
> developed by the City Council. Nothing seems to have changed
> in that area
> since the Supertram debacle at the Cathedral and elsewhere
> over 12 years
> Worryingly, the Hammerson website also mentions this feature of the
> 'Sheffield Retail Quarter':
> "A 20 metre deep underground service yard will also be built
> as part of the
> scheme. This yard will enable all vehicles to make their
> deliveries to
> retailers from below ground, rather than at street level. This will
> minimise, if not completely remove, the number of delivery
> vehicles that
> will need to park outside the shops in the NRQ."
> 20 metres deep, now that is some hole!
> Paul Belford
> Senior Archaeologist
> Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
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> Ironbridge Archaeology is the archaeology unit of the
> Ironbridge Gorge
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Discussion List for Contemporary and Historical
> > Archaeology [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> > Behalf Of Christopher Cumberpatch
> > Sent: 06 June 2006 08:44
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Art & Archaeology Studentship (UWE &
> > Bristol)
> > Interesting to see that Hammerson plc is one of the
> > sponsors of this award. Hammerson are the principal company
> > involved in a planned redevelopment in Sheffield City Centre
> > (the New Retail Quarter) which will involve the demolition of
> > a Grade 2* listed building and a number of other later 19th
> > and early 20th century buildings of considerable local
> > importance within a conservation area. Details can be found
> > on the Sheffield City Council website (www.sheffield.gov.uk
> > and follow the 'Quick Link' to Planning and City Development
> > to see the full horror of what is planned).
> > Is it appropriate for archaeologists to collaborate with such
> > people - thus giving them a 'fig-leaf' to cover their
> > monstrous plans for the destruction of our historic townscapes?
> > Chris Cumberpatch
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Dan Hicks" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <>
> > Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 10:31 PM
> > Subject: [CHA] Art & Archaeology Studentship (UWE & Bristol)
> > Dear all -
> > Details of a funded studentship in contemporary
> > art/archaeology in Bristol
> > forwarded below. Please do forward to interested
> > Thanks!
> > Dan
> > Ph.D. Studentship
> > Contemporary Art and Archaeology in the Context of Urban Renewal
> > University of the West of England/University of Bristol
> > Applications are invited for a fully funded three-year Ph.D.
> > studentship
> > for a project titled 'Contemporary Art and Archaeology in the
> > Context of
> > Urban Renewal'. The studentship is supported by Great
> Western Research
> > (GWR) - a £14 million programme of collaborative research
> that aims to
> > catalyse research partnerships between research groups in HEIs and
> > industry in South-West England.
> > The project is based at the Bristol School of Art, Media and
> > Design at the
> > University of the West of England, in partnership with the
> > Department of
> > Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, and with
> > industry partner Bristol Alliance (Hammerson plc and Land
> > Securities Group
> > plc). 50% of the studentship is funded by the Bristol
> > Alliance as industry
> > partners.
> > The studentship is offered from September 2006. The
> > studentship includes
> > academic fees, a maintenance grant (£12,300 in 2006-7) and an
> > additional
> > grant of £500 p.a. towards research expenses.
> > Between 2006 and 2009, the landscape of the Broadmead
> > shopping district of
> > Bristol's city centre will be radically transformed by an urban
> > redevelopment led by the Bristol Alliance. The aim of the
> > project is to
> > explore the public understanding and public value of
> > commissioned artistic
> > and archaeological practices in the context of urban
> > regeneration, using
> > contemporary urban regeneration in Bristol as a case study.
> > Taking as its starting point the broader discourse around
> public art,
> > patronage and the role of artists in urban renewal on the one
> > hand, and
> > debates over the public understanding and public value of
> heritage and
> > archaeology on the other, this studentship will make use of research
> > methods drawn from contemporary art, archaeology and
> > ethnography to study
> > the changing material and social environment of Broadmead.
> The student
> > will receive research skills training in research methods in
> > ethnography
> > and historical archaeology, and in the study of contemporary art, as
> > appropriate.
> > The studentship contributes to an ongoing collaboration between the
> > Situations programme, the 'Place' research centre in issues
> of place,
> > location, art, context and environment at UWE and the
> > Place, Space' (PPS) research theme at the University of Bristol -
> > including the Arts Council-funded 'Material City' programme
> > of seminars
> > and events (a collaboration between Situations and the Department of
> > Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol).
> > Applicants should have a good first degree in a relevant
> > subject (such as
> > Contemporary Art, Anthropology, Archaeology or Geography) and
> > should have
> > completed a Master's degree in a relevant field before the award
> > commences. This studentship is available to UK or EU residents only.
> > Application forms and further particulars will be posted on
> > the UWE and
> > Situations websites later this week. Applicants should submit the
> > application form and curriculum vitae to: Claire Doherty -
> > [log in to unmask] - by 4pm Friday 23rd June 2006.
> > Interviews will
> > be held in mid-July at the University of the West of
> England, Bristol.
> > Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to Dr Dan Hicks:
> > [log in to unmask]
> > Background information:
> > http://www.greatwesternresearch.ac.uk
> > http://www.situations.org.uk
> > http://www.bris.ac.uk/archanth/
> > http://www.bristolcitycentre.com/alliance/