Jefferson Sheard Architects is a UK-based architectural practice, operating across 12 sectors including education, travel, healthcare, retail, residential, student accommodation, office, and leisure on schemes up to £150 million in value. The practice prides itself on its long term relationships, which is made evident by the fact that over 86% of its £2.5 million annual turnover comes from repeat commissions.
Founded by Bryan Jefferson and Gerry Sheard, Jefferson Sheard and Partners began in 1958, with its first office in Sheffield. The pair quickly grew the business, securing commissions that included the £1 million ‘Roxy’ building on Sheffield’s Pond Street, and the Moore Street Substation, which holds Grade II Listed status.
The practice opened its second office in 1964, with an expansion into London. By the turn of the next decade Jefferson Sheard Architects was working on projects internationally, with some work as far as the Middle East. In 1979, founding partner Bryan became President of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), which helped to enhance the reputation of the practice. The company now has four offices, with the addition of facilities in Peterborough and Manchester.
Jefferson Sheard Architects has worked on a number of notable projects, including:
Manchester Airport GTI
Secured in 2000, this was one of the biggest developments that Jefferson Sheard Architects had worked on. It saw the development of a baggage handling facility, metrolink tram system, rail link, bus station and a six storey office block. The success of this scheme helped to kickstart the success of the practice’s Manchester office, and led to future commissions in the transport sector.
Working with Merseytravel, Jefferson Sheard Architects produced the designs for a transport interchange that would connect multiple transport methods including rail and buses. The facility helps to promote use of Liverpool’s public transport network as well as providing access to the city’s airport.
This 28,500 square meter facility had a total value of around £21 million, with a design that incorporated sustainability to create an environmentally friendly transport hub that provides important transport links for the communities of South Liverpool to access other parts of the city, country and continent. The sustainable design includes a system that harvests rainwater and a geo thermal heating system that provides 60% of the building’s energy. In addition, construction methods helped to reduce the carbon emissions of the project, using blast furnace slag instead of traditional cement and a recycled aluminium roof.
The team working on this project included Peter Matthews, Tom Rhys Jones, and John Hiscocks, architect.
Liverpool South Parkway Transport Interchange
Manchester Transport Interchange
This £28 million development undertaken for Transport for Greater Manchester was part of the wider redevelopment of Manchester following bombing by the IRA in the mid-90s. Similar to the Liverpool South Parkway Interchange, this project was designed to connect multiple modes of transportation, in this case buses and the Metrolink tram system, as well as providing a multi-storey car park.
The design helped to create a new landmark in the city while also providing functionality and adhering to the requirements of the Shudehill Conservation Area, in which the facility is located.
The multi award-winning design uses a system of glass fins that maximises the natural light in the building and allows natural temperature control.