We’re delighted to share that the University of Sheffield’s new Faculty of Social Sciences building, ‘The Wave’, has made the shortlist for three of the Insider Property Awards this year.  

With an innovative curved design which references the site’s previous use as a reservoir, the scheme has been met with very positive responses from the public as well as the users of the building. Public access through the grounds’ mini-campus and café allows seamless integration to the wider community and university estate.  


The flagship project, which completed in January this year, is shortlisted for ‘Design Excellence’, ‘Outstanding Development of the Year’, and ‘Sustainable Development of the Year’. It brings together multiple departments of the faculty into one shared, collaborative space and is also the University of Sheffield’s first net zero in operation building. 

In addition to the above, we are pleased to share that Delia Harmston, Studio Director, has been nominated for ‘Property Personality of the Year’. Delia joins five other finalists from the South Yorkshire area in the running to take home this accolade and be recognized for having the ‘most outstanding year’ in the industry. The winner will be selected via public vote, which can be accessed here: Insider South Yorkshire Property Dinner 2023 (insidermedia.com) 

Philip Watson, Head of Design, commented:  

“We’re immensely proud to have designed this landmark building, which is a huge step for both the university’s sustainability ambitions, and the wider city’s reputation for innovation and excellence.   

Delia’s passion for the city is clear in everything she does. She is widely respected and truly deserves this nomination, even though she is too modest to recognise it! I know she will be thrilled that the Wave has reached the shortlist in three categories, having seen the hard work and dedication that the HLM team has put into bringing it to life.” 

The winners of each award category will be announced at the South Yorkshire Property Dinner on the 6th July. View the other finalists and vote for ‘Property Personality of the Year’ here:  

Insider South Yorkshire Property Dinner 2023 (insidermedia.com) 

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