Historic England awards £500k grant for Park Hill redevelopment
The money will be used to fund structural repairs to the concrete frame of the landmark site
Historic England has awarded a grant of £500,000 towards the redevelopment of Park Hill, Europe’s largest listed building and one of Sheffield’s defining landmarks.
The grant is funding essential repairs to Park Hill’s concrete structure in Phase 2 of the redevelopment of the vast 1960s housing estate.
Developers Urban Splash began work on redeveloping the Grade II*-listed Park Hill in 2007. The first phase, which Historic England also helped to fund with a £400,000 repair grant, saw the creation of 260 new homes, as well as 10,000ft of workspace for commercial use. Due for completion in 2021, Phase 2 includes a further 195 homes and 20,000ft of workspace.
Historic England’s grant offer for Phase 2 brings its total investment in securing the future of Park Hill to £900,000.
Built between 1957 and 1961, Park Hill offered an innovative solution to the post war housing shortage. Architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith wanted to replicate the community spirit of traditional terraced housing so they designed Park Hill with wide ‘streets in the sky’ where neighbours could congregate and socialise. These streets could even accommodate the local milk float.
Initially, Park Hill was popular with residents and was viewed as an exemplar for social housing around the world but by the 1980s Park Hill had become dilapidated and was no longer a popular place to live.
John Paul Walker, from Historic England in Yorkshire, said: “Park Hill is a phoenix rising from the ashes. After years of decline and neglect, this housing estate is once more becoming a symbol of Sheffield’s pride, innovation and ambition.
“Phase 1 has successfully given Park Hill a new lease of life and restored its reputation. We hope that Phase 2 will continue this rejuvenation of one of Sheffield’s most prominent buildings.
“Like all good historic building redevelopments, the Park Hill project retains the spirit and the most important physical characteristics of the original building, while confidently looking to the future.”
Shannon Maclaughlan, Development Manager at Urban Splash, said: “Park Hill is known worldwide for its brutalist structure and signature concrete so this support from Historic England is invaluable in helping to ensure the ongoing renovation and preservation of one of Sheffield’s signature buildings.”