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Whittam Cox wins planning for phase 3 of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate overhaul

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Whittam Cox Architects’ proposals for the third phase of Sheffield’s Park Hill ongoing makeover have won approval form Sheffield City Council

The Chesterfield practice’s plans for Alumno Group will provide a 356-bedroom student accommodation 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-bedroom student flats 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. 

Nick Riley, director at Whittam Cox Architects, said: ’We have worked incredibly hard to understand the deep roots of the original design which is clearly very unique in architectural character.

’Our designs retain and celebrate all of the important elements of the original scheme, while respectfully adding new layers of identity and design thinking to create three-storey townhouses for student residents, using the famous “streets in the sky”, of course. 

Jack Scott, development chief at Sheffield City Council, said: ‘Park Hill is quite simply one of the most iconic places to be in Sheffield, and can hold its own with any architectural landmark in the whole of Europe.

’These phased plans are a further sign of progress and confidence in the area, which is now thriving with an active community with regular events, a new café, businesses and the home of S1 Artspace, which attracts visitors from all over the city with its ongoing exhibition and events programme.’

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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