An artist's impression of the new student accommodation in Phase 3 of the Park Hill redevelopment.
An artist's impression of the new student accommodation in phase three of the Park Hill redevelopment.
Nick Hill

Phase three of Sheffield's Park Hill redevelopment to deliver student accommodation scheme

The transformation of the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield is now entering into phase three.

Urban Splash, the urban regeneration specialist, is collaborating with Alumno Developments to create accommodation for around 350 students, new shops and facilities.

Alumno, the student accommodation developer, is working alongside Whittam Cox Architects to add bespoke student accommodation to the commercial and residential developments currently underway at the Grade II-listed block of flats.

The partnership aims to deliver around 350 student bedrooms for occupation in the 2020/21 academic year, with the initial proposals being designed around groups of four and eight bedrooms with shared living space in a three-storey ‘townhouse’ model.

Alumno will be undertaking a refurbishment using new materials, whilst preserving the historic character of Park Hill.

Phase three follows Urban Splash’s completion of the first phase of redevelopment, which has seen the creation of 260 homes, 10 contemporary workspaces and the Grace Owen children’s nursery.

Urban Splash received planning permission for phase two in December, which includes another 200 homes, further workspace and landscaping.

David Campbell, managing director at Alumno, commented: “This is a special project and we are very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the regeneration of Park Hill.

“The Estate has an amazing historical structure and importance for Sheffield, and we would like to make a positive contribution to its vibrancy and future life.

“The views of the community are important so we are looking forward to hearing what people think.”

Mark Latham, regeneration director Urban Splash, added: “Alumno have an impressive track record of delivering really distinctive design-led student projects around the country, often in listed buildings, which is why they are such a great partner to join the Park Hill team to create accommodation that will attract students in Sheffield.

“We always intended 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.

“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.”

Nick Riley, board director at Whittam Cox Architects, also commented: “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 both the fabric of this historically important asset, whilst also seeking to promote a sustainable and diverse community.

“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.”

Local residents are invited to a public exhibition taking place in the Urban Splash sales office at Park Hill on Thursday 8th February between 1.30pm and 7.30pm.

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