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Mikhail Riches lands phase two of Park Hill housing

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Developer Urban Splash has selected Mikhail Riches to design the next wave of housing at its Park Hill estate in Sheffield

The practice saw off Alma-Nac, Architecture 00, Project Orange, Group Ginger from Leeds and local practice OS31 to win the 200-home second phase in the ongoing redevelopment of Ivor Smith’s Grade II*-listed building (1957-1961).

As part of the contest each of the architects was given a flat for two weeks to work on their designs and show off how they proposed to revamp the Brutalist ‘Streets in  the Sky’. 

Mikhail Riches’ winning scheme, which also includes nearly 3,000m² of commercial space, follows on from the 2013 Stirling Prize-shortlisted, 260-flat first phase delivered by Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West.

Both firms will continue to act as strategic architectural consultants on the phase two proposal which has been billed as a ’complimentary and striking transformation [with] its own identity’.

Urban Splash co-founder and creative director Jonathan Falkingham said: ’We gave each of the six shortlisted architect practices a flat and a two-week window in which they could design it however they wished, before then ‘inviting’ Urban Splash and our partners into ‘their’ home. It’s a process which allowed each practice to see the constraints and opportunities that this building brings as well as allowing us to see realised ideas insitu.

He added: ‘It was such a refreshing way of doing things and really stimulating to see the variety of ways each practice chose to tell us about their vision.’

Co-founder of Mikhail Riches, Annalie Riches who studied in Sheffield, said: ’It is an enormous privilege to be involved in Park Hill’s resurrection.

’Urban Splash came up with a really novel way of holding a design competition; by giving us a flat to transform it gave us an opportunity to study Park Hill in detail and it was great fun.

‘Our proposal retained the existing brickwork but made the sculptural qualities of the façade more legible by use of colour, an act that residents had started by painting their own reveals.’ 

Park Hill phase II - competition run by Urban Splash

Park Hill phase II - competition run by Urban Splash

The winning team (left to right): Cameron Clarke, David Mikhail, Alim Saleh and Annalie Riches

See images and drawings of Hawkins\Brown’s Park Hill revamp in the AJ Buildings Library

Park Hill

Park Hill

Source: Sheffield City Architects Dept/Ivan George Richmond

Park Hill in the 1960s

See the original Park Hill drawings in the AJ Buildings Library


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