TINGAS Tinsley is a project to turn the former Tinsley Infants School on Siemens Close into a mix of workspaces and community facilities and hosts the University of Sheffield’s pioneering urban farm and charity Groundworks South Yorkshire.
We are aiming to create a model for a sustainable facility that can be taken on and run by Tinsley Forum with input from local people and organisations, and have been working with a range of people both in Tinsley and the city as whole to inform what might happen here. Since starting the project Studio Polpo & Groundwork South Yorkshire have captured grants to bring the kitchen back into use, provide lighting and fit out a fabric space and enabled running costs to be covered by rental income.
We are interested to hear from a wide selection of people from residents, businesses, faith groups and other organisations to genuinely inform how the spaces are used over the coming months, and to connect and strengthen existing networks and groups in the area.
For a quick visual guide to how the space might work have a look at this diagram.
Why Tingas? Tinsley derives from the Old-English name Tingas-Leah, meaning Field of Council, with Tingas meaning ‘assembly’.
Who is behind this? The project was a collaboration between Sheffield-based social enterprise Studio Polpo & Sheffield City Council and is now run by Groundwork South Yorkshire.