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Thursday September 6th 2018

Sheffield Bricktropolis LEGOcy moves to permanent home at City Hall

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID, and Martin Smith, City Hall, with the LEGO brick City Hall.

A LEGO© brick model of one of Sheffield’s most famous buildings is due to go on permanent display in the city centre.

The custom-built model of City Hall was commissioned by Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) as part of the Sheffield Bricktropolis, a fortnight of LEGO-inspired events which took place in the city centre during August.

The model was first revealed at Ponds Forge as part of the Sheffield Bricktropolis, which included a trail of 21 stunning brick architecture world landmarks. Tens of thousands of people visited the model as part of the trail and now those who missed out will be able to view it in its permanent residence in Sheffield City Hall.

Built by Sheffielder and former teacher Michael LeCount, the model is made from 20,000 LEGO bricks and took 80 hours to complete. Michael created the model, which is at a 1:25 scale, by visiting City Hall and taking pictures of the Grade II listed building, he then used online maps to work out what the roof looks like, and went about creating his masterpiece. The model features incredible detail, including a LEGO replica of Martin Jennings’ Women of Steel statue.

Diane Jarvis, BID Manager, said: “Thousands of families enjoyed the Sheffield Bricktropolis during August and it is fantastic that part of the trail will remain in the city as part of the event’s legacy.

“The BID is pleased that our model of City Hall is taking up residence in the real building, which has been a recognisable feature on the city centre skyline since 1932. We would like to thank Michael LeCount for creating one of Sheffield’s most famous buildings out of LEGO bricks.”

City Hall has been one of Sheffield’s favourite entertainment venues since it opened its doors in 1932. Designed by architect E.Vincent Harris, the building took three years to complete and since opening has hosted some of the world’s most famous acts. The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones have all played at the City Hall.

Richard Hunter, City Hall General Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome to City Hall model home. It’s amazing to see the detail and history of our magnificent building in LEGO thanks to Sheffield BID. It’s a great reason to come inside and have a look at what the venue is all about.”

The brick architecture City Hall is available to view in the City Hall Foyer at the venue, which is open 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday. The City Hall is opening its doors for Heritage Open Day on Saturday 8 September for the annual festival celebrating our history, architecture and culture.

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