Portland works - Sheffield: a framework for co-production and community ownership

CERULLI, Cristina (2021). Portland works - Sheffield: a framework for co-production and community ownership. In: FOKDAL, Josefine, BINA, Olivia, CHILES, Prue, OJAMÄE, Liis and PAADAM, Katrin, (eds.) Enabling the City: Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Encounters in Research and Practice. Routledge, 202-209.

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Portland Works is a building whose importance was recognised with Grade II listing by Historic England, a mechanism to protect by law "particularly important buildings of more than special interest". Built in the 1870s, Portland Works is an integrated cutlery factory listed as a rare complete example of large integrated cutlery works, with a layout that optimises the use of power in the cutlery manufacturing process, and for retaining both hand forges and steam grinding rooms. In 2013 Portland works was bought by nearly five hundred people, through Sheffield's first community share issues. Within the Portland Works project, heritage was framed broadly to include the building alongside its material, technological and social histories. Overall the multiple stories of the Portland Works project and its remarkably positive outcome of community ownership are a testament of what is possible when multiple interests, values and desires converge and when the energy and capacity of each participant are harnessed towards shared goals and objectives.

Item Type: Book Section
Page Range: 202-209
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2022 15:31
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 15:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29975

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