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Yet more Modernist homes fall to demolition ball

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The 1960s dream of a Modernist answer to problems in social housing took another blow yesterday when Sheffield City Council completed the demolition of the massive Norfolk Park estate.

The huge high-rise development, which, along with the adjacent Park Hill estate, was by the council's architecture department, has been steadily knocked down and replaced with low-rise mixed-use projects.

Noon yesterday saw the demolition of the last of the 15 tower blocks, following a cash injection for the project from local regeneration quango Transform South Yorkshire.

It has taken nine years to demolish the 1,890 flats in 15 blocks, together with around 1,200 other maisonettes and houses, which have been replaced by new homes.

Park Hill, however, is being saved. It is being transformed by a renovation programme drawn up by London-based Hawkins\Brown for developer Urban Splash.

by Ed Dorrell

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