Work begins on third phase of Sheffield’s iconic Park Hill scheme

The transformation of Park Hill in Sheffield has taken another significant step forward with student accommodation developer Alumno announcing that work has started on the third phase of the regeneration scheme.

The next stage will see 74 townhouse units built to accommodate 356 students, alongside further commercial space for use by residents and the local community.

Sheffield’s iconic Brutalist development is the largest listed structure in Europe and a landmark on the city’s skyline.

David Campbell, managing director of Alumno, said “This is a one-off and a blueprint project, and students interested in architecture and design are particularly excited about the prospect of living in a world-renowned architectural icon.”

Alumno has appointed Kier to deliver the £20m scheme.

John O’Callaghan, managing director for Kier Northern, said: “We’re thrilled to be working on the refurbishment of this iconic building in Sheffield and delivering high-quality homes for its students. To benefit the local community we have committed to creating four employment opportunities and have two on-site apprentices.”

Campbell added: “This is an iconic site with international significance – forming a crucial part of Sheffield’s past, present and future – and will be one of our most important projects to date.  We’re pleased to be working with Kier again given our longstanding and successful relationship, where we have delivered several schemes over the years.

The project is due to complete in Autumn 2020.

The designs developed by Whittam Cox Architects were brought together through consultation with local stakeholders, Heritage England and students from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).

Alumno has appointed interior designer Ben Kelly Design (BKD) along with Brinkworth Design to deliver the shared community space for students.

Alumno’s development will further accelerate the creation of a new neighbourhood within Park Hill alongside the first two phases. Phase 1 – which was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2013 – includes 260 homes and 10 contemporary workspaces occupied by creative and digital businesses, the South Street Kitchen café and Grace Owen Nursery.

Work has also started on Phase 2 which will see Urban Splash and its joint venture partner Places for People create 200 residential properties and more commercial space.

Phase 4; Park Hill Arts Space, was recently submitted for planning.