Next stage of Park Hill revamp on way

The next phase of the redevelopment of Park Hill flats is being rolled out.

Another 182 homes are to be created in a £17m project for the high rise complex that overlooks Sheffield city centre.

Developers Urban Splash are pressing ahead with the second stage in partnership with Places for People, one of the UK’s largest landlords.

Urban Splash managing director Simon Gawthorpe said: “We were overwhelmed when we launched the first phase in 2012. More than 1,000 people came to see the show apartments when we launched them and they have all now been sold.”

The go-ahead comes after fears that the overall £160m project, which includes £40m of public money, was being bogged down by delays. When work started in 2008, it was envisaged the entire redevelopment, including work units, would be completed by 2014/15.

Opposition Liberal Democrats in Sheffield continue to maintain that the flats, which are listed for their architectural value, should be demolished.

Rob Pearson, Head of Area at the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, which is supporting the scheme said: “Park Hill is a vitally important project for Sheffield and it is great to see the momentum continuing.