Brightside Algal Works, Forgemasters
- Study Level Architecture MArch Year 5
- Year 2017
- Institution Sheffield School of Architecture
- Studio Collaborative Production
- Tutor Daniel Jary
- Location Sheffield
Traditional manufacturing in the UK is subject to the increasing threats of globalisation. Sheffield, once being the world capital of steel production, is now a struggling city of manufacture bearing only a tiny fraction of these industries today.
Resilience needs to be developed, and environmental initiative taken, to ensure the future existence of such energy intensive industries in a world of stricter environmental legislation and an imminent fuel crisis. The project seeks to utilise the waste heat energy from Sheffield Forgemasters, along with other by products of the steel making process, to cultivate algae for the production of algal biofuel.
Brightside Algal Works strategically positions itself adjacent to Forgemasters and parallel to the River Don. This development and research facility is defined by a 700-metre-long wall that has an essential technological role in the operation of the facility, and additionally acts as a flood defence for Forgemasters. The existing Five Weirs Walk is rerouted through the facility, taking the public through an experiential journey of the algal fuel production process.