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Urban Splash unveils next phase of Park Hill

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Developer Urban Splash has released its next phase of housing at the Brutalist Sheffield estate

After ploughing £18 million back into the long-awaited scheme the developer has said that a further 182 flats will be completed at the grade II-listed estate by the end of the year.

Of these, 85 will be one-bedroom, 93 two-bedroom and four will be three-bedroom.

Urban Splash has also announced plans for a 12-month-long arts programme at the housing scheme. The project began last month with an exhibition by five local artists in one of the commercial units on the site. Further exhibitions, talks, events and seminars will be launched in collaboration with S1 Artspace, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield College.

The news comes two years after the developer signed a joint agreement with regeneration giant Places for People to allow the further stages of the development to re-start.

The Park Hill overhaul, an ambitious attempt to reinvent the 1960s ‘streets in the sky’ scheme, has been rumbling on for nearly a decade. So far 91 homes have been sold, and two commercial units occupied.

The first phase of the regeneration by Hawkins\Brown was shortlisted for the 2013 Stirling Prize.

Managing director of Urban Splash Simon Gawthorpe said: ‘We are about to embark on the most exciting phase for Park Hill.

‘We have weathered a recession and Urban Splash is in a strong financial position with a renewed vigour. This is our largest development project - we are working closely with our joint venture partners Place for People and are committed to Park Hill.

‘We firmly believe that this year’s activity will establish a vibrant community that will provide the springboard to the next phases. By the end of this year we could have 200 people working here and 400 people living here.

‘The changes to landscaping will create attractive communal areas and more parking spaces. Over the coming months there will be many opportunities to take a look at what is happening, through the opening of our new Marketing Suite and show apartments in June, and the events linked to the Arts Programme.’

He added: ‘We are aiming for a transformational change that celebrates Park Hill’s heritage and dispels some of its recent history. Over the next ten years our vision is for Park Hill to become a new quarter for Sheffield. Alongside project partners Great Places, HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) and Sheffield City Council we aim to make this a reality.’

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Park Hill

Park Hill

Source: Daniel Hopkinson

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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