Often at times people will cringe at the idea of getting another year older. Businesses, however, are not people – and for a business to turn thirty is a wondrous thing.
What’s more wondrous is to celebrate such a landmark birthday with a collection of high-profile awards and nominations.
Founded in 1987/88 by Jon Bond and John Bryan, now run and owned by the next generation of home-grown talent, this Sheffield-born architectural consultancy practice has been a creative driving force in the city, the region, the North and the UK.
Now celebrating their 30th birthday this year, Bond Bryan have been sweeping award events across the North, winning six awards in May alone and being nominated for at least half a dozen others. Amongst these wins were the award for Best Educational Building at the LABC South Yorkshire & Humber Building Excellence Awards for their recently completed Doncaster Campus of the National College for High Speed Rail, a project set to fuel the skills market within the future high speed rail industry in Britain. Bond Bryan were also named as the Winner of Winners at the LABC South Yorkshire & Humber Building Excellence Awards for their continued outstanding contribution to the region.
Also won within May was the RICS Award for Regeneration in the East Midlands, awarded for the National College for High Speed Rail Birmingham Campus, a sister campus to the Doncaster Campus and another point on the map to help shape the future of high speed rail within the UK.
And lastly in May, Bond Bryan were awarded the RIBA East Midlands Award for their Advanced Manufacturing Building for The University of Nottingham, followed by the RIBA Yorkshire Sustainability Award and then the RIBA Yorkshire Regional Award for the National College for High Speed Rail’s Doncaster Campus, ensuring each project’s nomination for the National RIBA Awards. By winning these awards, Bond Bryan have fended off some of the country’s top architecture firms including industry giants BDP & AHR.
The fact that Bond Bryan have won 3 of 4 RIBA nominations (with one Bond Bryan nominated project losing to another Bond Bryan nominated project) shows just how regionally and nationally significant their work is.
Over their past 30 years, Bond Bryan have been at the forefront of helping shape Yorkshire, working with Councils in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Colleges across Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield and Rotherham, and countless stakeholders and other collaborators to give Sheffield and South Yorkshire some of their most iconic buildings. Our continued work with these partners has resulted in the adaptation of Don Valley through the Olympic Legacy Park Masterplan, the iconic new home for Sheffield Hallam University’s Faculty of Development and Society on Charles Street, and the creation of both a new Engineering Campus for The University of Sheffield and the world-renowned Sheffield Business Park.
Sheffield Business Park, a collaborative project between The University of Sheffield and countless industry partners including the likes of Boeing and Rolls-Royce, has been delivered by Bond Bryan and other partners and has seen South Yorkshire become a beacon on the global map for Advanced Industrial output and innovative methods of research and discovery. The University’s award-winning Factory 2050 building, designed and delivered by Bond Bryan’s passionate and dedicated architectural team, has been critically acclaimed and is widely considered to be the world’s first fully reconfigurable advanced manufacturing environment.
Now breaking ground in the residential sector, Bond Bryan are currently working on transforming three under-used sites in our sister town Rotherham, delivering over 180 homes as well as countless amounts of public realm and community space.
Great things are happening all around our city and our region, and Bond Bryan are blazing a trail into the future, shaping our region to become a hotspot of education, industry, commerce and living. Watch this space people of Sheffield.