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Emerging practice wins approval for art studios at Sheffield's Park Hill

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Sheffield-based, rising star OS31 has won planning approval to design temporary art studios at Sheffield’s Grade II-listed Park Hill estate 

The plans include transforming disused garages on the Brutalist estate - which is mid-way through a major regeneration - into 16 temporary art studios and a public gallery.

Backed by Urban Splash and local charity S1 Artspace, the 1,000m² scheme will provide a temporary home for S1 while its new 7,200m² home in Duke Street, also on the estate, is being built. S1 is currently seeking an architect for its permanent £21 million base.

Tony Broomhead, founder of OS31, said: ’The key part of this project was understanding the need of S1 Artspace and their studio holders. The studios are for artists both established and straight out of University, all of which work in different media.

’The aim was to create a simple design that allows for different working methods and for the artists to take ownership of the space. New north-lights allow an even distribution of light to the back of the deep plan, while also adding height.’

Park Hill was originally completed in 1961, designed by architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith under the supervision of John Lewis Womersley. It replaced a large area of back-to-back housing on a prominent hill-top site overlooking the South Yorkshire city. The entire estate – which featured 995 flats and maisonettes, four pubs and 31 shops – received Grade II* listed status in 1998.

Hawkins\Brown with Studio Egret West completed the first Stirling Prize-shortlisted phase of the project in 2013, featuring 260 homes, 3,000m² of commercial space and a nursery.

The £25 million second phase, by Mikhail Riches Architects and featuring 200 homes and 2,500m² of business space, will be submitted for planning later this month. Later phases include a £20 million student accommodation scheme.

Work is set to start on site this summer, with a completion date set for the end of 2017 or early 2018.

S1 plan

S1 plan

Source: OS31


Project data

Location Park Hill, Sheffield
Type of project Cultural / Art Studios
Client S1 Artspace and Urban Splash
Architect OS31
Tender date On going
Start on site date Summer 2017
Completion date late 2017 / early 2018
Gross internal floor area 1000m²


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