Harland Works

our current tenants

Norton Mayfield Architects Ltd.

"Norton Mayfield Architects is an established Chartered Practice of clever, creative Architects, Technologists and Assistants based in Sheffield and London. Our work on residential, retail and workspace schemes brings our attention to detail and neat ideas into play to make the best of every project. From conversions and extensions to new builds, our ability to think on our feet and collaborate with clients yields great results and efficient, effective, desirable schemes. A canny approach to architectural challenges, a commitment to recruiting and nurturing brilliant minds and a belief in the value of relationship is the reason that our first clients, over 10 years ago, remain clients today." Find out more on their website.


NMA first set up office at Unit 2, Harland Works in late 2009. Over the next 4 years, our team would gradually increase and we knew we would need a larger workspace. While we were searching Sheffield for a workspace big enough to incorporate our growing company, Unit 7 became available. Prior to our occupation, Unit 7 was home to a recording studio, and looked very different to the way it does today. The room was decorated in a very eclectic fashion with soundproofing and boarded up windows! At first sight the unit was a major project to undertake and was definitely a daunting prospect to achieve a refurbishment not only on a budget, but with most of the work being done by one builder and our very own staff! We took down walls, replaced doors, ripped up and replaced flooring, insulated walls and had new windows installed.

First Things First NMA drew up the plans for how Unit 7 could be set out to accommodate a large central desk, which each member of staff would work around. Once the desk design was complete, we went to our local wood merchant, purchased the required materials and headed down to Access Space, where we had been working with their team to refine the CNC cutting process. After creating a sackful of wood shavings we had something resembling a giant jigsaw. Once the laser cutting was complete, we lovingly sanded any rough edges, screwed each piece together and installed the finished product in our new office space

The next job was to build our kitchen but not just any old kitchen… Each member of staff was asked to choose and draw an iconic Sheffield landmark such as the Crucible and Lyceum Theatres or the flats at Park Hill; their creations were then etched in to the wooden cupboard doors by laser cutter. The finished product is not only unique but a fitting tribute to the city we call home.

NMA continued to grow in size and we knew we would, again, need more space to house our team, so when Units 8 and 9 became available we snapped those up too. These two units were separated from Unit 7 by a corridor and a partition wall separated the smaller Unit 8 and the larger Unit 9. We again drew up plans of how we would like to make the units work for us and decided to knock the two units together into one large workspace. We got back in touch with our builder, designed more desks in the same style and make as our original laser cut desk, got the paintbrushes back out and dusted off our power tools. We decided the new unit would work well if we split the area into smaller open plan studios, which left enough space for a communal/get together area for studio meetings and design workshops.

Once all the interior building work was completed, we applied for planning to replace the old and rotting windows with new energy efficient windows that would keep us warm and toasty on the inside and improve the aesthetic of the building outside. To add character and unique design to our new office space we incorporated a custom made larger-than-life peg board. The Peg board wall is a useful addition and adds much needed storage and exhibition space. The next step was to design our own lighting layout, complete with sensors to turn lights on and off to reduce energy loss based on daylighting levels. Units 8 & 9 were completed in 2015.

Here is the full story of transforming an old steel works factory into a modern workspace in pdf format.

Karl Hallam