KINCA (Kelham Island and Neepsend Community Alliance) was formed by local residents in 2000 to improve the community environment and it has continued to develop its role ever since. With the support of the community, KINCA aims to promote, protect and improve the area for all who live, work and visit here.
Born from the industrial heritage of Sheffield’s steel manufacturing and associated industries, Kelham Island & Neepsend has changed significantly over the 15 years . Once a run-down and neglected industrial landscape, it has emerged as a designated industrial conservation area (one of the first in the country) with a vibrant and diverse community of around 5,000 residents and many hundreds of thriving creative and manufacturing businesses.
Within walking distance to Sheffield city centre, the area is physically shaped by the course of the river Don flowing through its centre, as well as the many landmark industrial buildings ( The Kelham Island Museum, Ball Street Bridge, Brooklyn Works, Cornish Place Works) that shape its character.
It is this unique mix of homes and businesses occupying both new, reformed and old industrial buildings that make the area so unique.
Kelham Island & Neepsend is also home to a thriving social, music and cultural scene. Kelham plays host to many famous, award-winning pubs, clubs, cafes, music venues, breweries and restaurants. It is also home to an inspirational array of street art, art galleries and an active community of artists, artisans and makers.
The continuing transformation of Kelham Island and Neepsend was recognised in 2019, winning The Best Neighbourhood of the Year in UK & Ireland awarded by The Academy of Urbanism.