London-based Mikhail Riches has lodged plans with Sheffield City Council for the next wave of housing at Park Hill estate
Plans for the second phase include 199 homes and 1,950m² of commercial space. The phase is part of the ongoing redevelopment of Ivor Smith’s Grade II*-listed estate (1957-1961), following on from the 2013 Stirling Prize-shortlisted, 260-flat first phase delivered by Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West.
Mikhail Riches won a competition to design the second phase in March 2016, seeing off Alma-Nac, Architecture 00, Project Orange, Group Ginger from Leeds and local practice OS31.
Director Annalie Riches said: ‘Our approach has been to retain and repair as many as possible of the parts of Park Hill that work. We found that by reconfiguring the flat layouts we can create fantastic modern flats while working with the very specific constraints of the existing building.
‘One of the big moves we’ve made externally is to introduce of a mix of solid colours to the balcony reveals. This idea came about by observing the way residents had personalised their flats in the past: we were keen to pick up on this and enable new residents to recognise their own flat within a pattern of colours that enhances the block as a whole and refers to the phase one scheme.’
There are several other projects at the estate, which is being redeveloped by Urban Splash, including the recently approved temporary art studios by OS31.
In July, six practices were shortlisted for a £21 million cultural centre, including 6a architects, Carmody Groarke and David Kohn, on the estate.
Park Hill phase II - competition run by Urban Splash
Source: Sheffield City Architects Dept/Ivan George Richmond