Sheffield's Park Hill Estate secures funding for next phase of regeneration scheme

An artist's impression of the Park Hill flats after the regeneration scheme has been completed.
An artist's impression of the Park Hill flats after the regeneration scheme has been completed.
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SHEFFIELD's Park Hill estate has secured funding for the next phase of its regeneration.

The latest phase of the ongoing regeneration of Europe’s largest listed building, Park Hill Sheffield, is to be supported by a new £19.9m development finance agreement.

Joint venture partners Urban Splash and Places for People have agreed the two-year funding deal with Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking Real Estate & Housing. The package will help to realise Phase two of the long-term vision for the site, announced last month.

This will include 195 homes including flats and townhouses retaining the duplex and double aspect layout with balconies and 20,000 sq ft of mixed-use commercial space providing the opportunity to create a variety of offices and work spaces, as well as a new café or restaurant and terrace

Urban Splash and Places for People are targeting local independent businesses and food outlets, alongside community-focused organisations, for the commercial space.

Contractors are currently on site with completion of the project due in 2021.

Phase three of Park Hill’s regeneration has also started which will see a 356-bed student accommodation building being developed by Alumno Developments. It will be occupied by September this year.

Phase four, which will deliver the new S1Artpace alongside further residential units, has recently been granted planning permission.

Urban Splash acquired Park Hill in 2004 with the aim of transforming the estate, which was built between 1957 and 1961.

A spokesman said: "The subject of several TV documentaries, a musical – ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’ – and famed for its brutalist concrete design overlooking the city centre, Park Hill had fallen into disrepair and became synonymous with urban deprivation by the late 1990s."

Phase one of its regeneration is complete and has more than 700 people living and working there in the 260 homes and 10 businesses. In 2013, Park Hill was shortlisted for RIBA’s prestigious Stirling Prize.

Rob Marriott, associate director, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking Real Estate & Housing, added: “Park Hill is a fascinating project. This is a property that dominates Sheffield’s skyline offering unrivalled views across the city, yet years of neglect had eroded the strong sense of community it once enjoyed. With Urban Splash and Places for People at the helm, it has been reborn and now represents a new era of mixed tenure, quality, city centre living and community.

“We want our development finance to support as many projects as possible that deliver significant social and economic value, so having the chance to play a role in the transformation of a site as important and iconic as Park Hill was an opportunity we have pursued passionately.”

Julian Curnuck, CFO at Urban Splash, said: “The expertise from Lloyds Bank’s specialist team has been invaluable to us as we worked together to put the funding agreement in place and means we can accelerate Phase two.

“In total over £100 million will be invested in regenerating this Brutalist masterpiece and returning it into a key Sheffield destination.Urban Splash and Places for People have been proud to play a key role with partners Great Places,Alumno, Homes England and Sheffield City Council , and now Lloyds bank - another great example of partnership working."