Room with a view at new-look Park Hill

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Park Hill show flat

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IT’s a view that has been seen before from Park Hill flats – but not from this type of accommodation.

First apartments at the new-look complex are due to go on the market soon after years of political and fin-ancial wrangling and building work.

Developers Urban Splash were today (Thursday) unveiling the results of the first phase of the makeover of the 50-year-old grade II* listed building, which features 78 one-, two- and three-bed apartments, of which 26 are for ‘affordable’ rent managed by Great Places Housing Group in partnership with the council.

The duplex apartments are described as “spacious” with south-facing living rooms and floor-to-ceiling glazing. A glass lift gives residents and visitors “spectacular views of Sheffield”. Also coming on the market is 40,000 sq ft of commercial space for offices, shops, bars and restaurants.

Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham said: “When Park Hill was originally built there was a belief that architecture improved people’s lives – and it still can. The design of Park Hill is inspiring.

“Park Hill is an ambitious project that we believe in wholeheartedly. It’s a great location with incredible views and will have all the facilities needed for a community to thrive. People will be able to reserve their apartments from autumn with the first residents moving into their new homes at Park Hill in 2012.

“We are committed along with our partners to making sure the apartments are affordable. This is an opportunity for people to buy into a part of history at very competitive prices.”

No prices were available before the Telegraph went to press.

After a tour, Ivor Smith, one of the original architects, said: “This scheme gives real meaning to the word ‘regeneration’.”

The controversial £146m project is being financed by Urban Splash and the Government Homes and Communities Agency.