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Whittam Cox to design student housing as part of Park Hill overhaul

Whittam Cox Architects' Park Hill phase 3
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Chesterfield firm Whittam Cox Architects has been chosen to deliver the third phase of Sheffield’s Park Hill makeover

The practice will work with developer Urban Splash and university accommodation specialist Alumno Developments on the 350 student-bedroom scheme within the huge project to overhaul the 1950s Brutalist estate.

It comes after Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West delivered 260 apartments in the first phase, and Mikhail Riches won a competition to design 199 homes and 1,950m2 of commercial space for phase two.

The third phase will feature groups of four and eight student bedrooms with shared living space in a three-storey ‘townhouse’ model that will add a distinct neighbourhood to Park Hill. The homes are planned for occupation by 2021. 

Whittam Cox's Park Hill townhouse model for student bedrooms

Whittam Cox’s Park Hill townhouse model for student bedrooms

Source: Whittam Cox

Whittam Cox’s Park Hill townhouse model for student bedrooms

Whittam Cox board director Nick Riley said: ‘Being part of the Park Hill story is a genuine privilege for us, especially as so many of our team and their families live in the city.

’Park Hill is captivating and infectious; its original design has timeless value and integrity architecturally. Our responsibility is to interpret what is there and create a design response which ensures a long-term future for the fabric of this historically important asset, while also seeking to promote a sustainable and diverse community.’

Urban Splash regeneration director Mark Latham said the developer wanted to create a ‘mixed community’ at Park Hill.

‘With the first phase complete and fully occupied, we now have hundreds of people from mixed backgrounds and all ages living and working at Park Hill,’ he said.

‘We are so pleased to see a mutual respect and support reflected in the events and activities they create together with other residents in the area. We look forward to students being a significant and positive part of that community.’ 

Park Hill aerial image showing phase three

Park Hill aerial image showing phase three

Source: Urban Splash

Park Hill aerial image showing phase three

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