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Detailed plans submitted for Urban Splash's Park Hill revamp

Urban Splash has submitted detailed plans for its proposed revamp of the Brutalist 1960s Park Hill housing estate in Sheffield.

The ambitious and contentious £146 million scheme to overhaul the run-down Grade II*-listed concrete behemoth has already won outline planning permission - despite repeated calls for the demolition of the infamous 'homes in the sky' development from the local Lib Dem party. Urban Splash in political storm over Park Hill

Now the developer, which is working on the project with Studio Egret West, Hawkins\Brown and landscape architect Grant Associates, has revealed the 'specifics' of its intended overhaul, which will see 1,000 original flats converted into 867 fully refurbished, mixed-tenure apartments.

It is understood that the existing brickwork will be covered in aluminium panels, while the parkland around the blocks will feature drystone walls reminiscent of the neighbouring Peak District.

There are also plans for a climbing wall and park pavilion, though a proposed public art gallery on the roof has been dropped.

In a bid to open up the development to the city, a large four-storey hole - dubbed The Cut - will be punched through the facade facing Sheffield train station.

The plans will be considered in the next few weeks.

by Richard Waite

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