Castlegate is a significant and historic area of Sheffield that is currently experiencing major changes. The area played an important part in the everyday life of local people as it was the site of the Castlemarket, an affordable shopping and employment destination with good transport links and atmosphere. In 2013 the markets closed and moved into a new area of the city centre. Sheffield Council is planning to demolish the buildings to make way for a new city quarter. The impending changes have stirred many reactions from locals: memories that need to be recorded and opinions that need to be heard.
ReMake Castlegate invited members of the public to contribute to a 4.8×2.4m 3D model of Castlegate, expressing their hopes, anxieties and visions for the area’s future. The resulting model, made by many hands, reveals the area’s diversity and idiosyncrasies. As a starting point to discuss the past, present and future of Castlegate and its people, the model reveals opportunities for development from a grassroots level up.