Park Hill studio space
In 2016 I undertook a £550K project to convert 4,300 square feet of space at Park Hill into a unique studio space that would support collaborative and Agile working.
Park Hill is a giant, concrete Brutalist structure that started life as a bustling new home for council tenants in the late 1950s. It was one of the most ambitious inner-city housing projects of its era and has become something of a local landmark. Controversially it was Grade II listed in 1998 making it the largest listed building in Europe.
Three-metre-wide communal walkways – known as the "streets in the sky" promoted by Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation – were designed as a modern replacement for the cobbled terraces of the former slums. They were wide enough to let a milk float go by or to allow children to play outdoor games, and were planned to encourage neighbours to interact with one another as they might on a regular street.
Sadly, Park Hill soon became notorious for its crime and drug problems. The building was eventually condemned as a concrete eyesore and is hated by many in Sheffield. Over the past few years, award-winning property developers, Urban Splash, have taken it on as a huge regeneration project and made some of the space available for commercial use, alongside residential and social housing.