Millennium Galleries

Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects, Sheffield, 2001


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In context: Sheffield 

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  • In context: Sheffield    
  • The Millenium Galleries are part of a larger regeneration scheme    
  • The restaurant spills onto a new paved and planted square which marks the entrance from Arundel Gate    
  • The busy restaurant engages with the outdoor space    
  • The galleries are unfussy top lit spaces with exposed precast concrete vaults    
  • Glass panels by artist Keiko Mukaide ameliorate the impact of the 1970s building opposite    
  • It was hoped that ‘the avenue’  which runs across the northern edge of the galleries will become a public route    
  • Site plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Upper floor plan    
  • East elevation    
  • Long section    
  • Isometric of vault, clerestory and precast gutter    
  • Detail section through verge of precast vault, clerestory and precast gutter    

Visual arts, craft and design centre with internal avenue providing a pedestrian route between the station and Sheffield city centre

The buildings is set into the slope of the hill with the galleries on the upper level over a service undercroft.

The glazed front is set within a slender modular frame of white concrete and reveals the ground floor café to the bustle of Arundel Gate. Long silver louvres screen the Long Gallery above.

Inside, a light and spacious entrance hall has escalators to the first floor 'avenue' which serves both as an indoor street to the Winter Garden and gives access to the five galleries on its left side.

The roof comprises a series of lateral barrel vaults, only partly visible externally, of fine white pre-cast concrete with columns and beams of the same material, giving a cool tranquillity to the interior.

The largest gallery is flexibly planned with moveable full height screens that run parallel with the vaults.


  • Begun: Mar 1999
  • Completed: Apr 2001
  • Floor area: 4,594m2
  • Sectors: Arts and culture, Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £12.8M
  • Tender date: Nov 1997
  • Procurement: JCT 1987
  • Address: 48 Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP, United Kingdom

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