Forming part of the first phase of the exemplary Grade-II listed Park Hill renovation is this wonderful two-bedroom dual-aspect apartment, arranged over two levels. Originally built between 1957 and 1961 to a design by Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith under the supervision of John Lewis Wormersley, the flats have been the subject of an extensive refurbishment project, shortlisted for the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize, which commenced in 2009 to a design by architects Studio Egret West, Hawkins Brown and Grant Associates.
Externally, colourful anodised aluminium panels replicate the coloured brick tones of the original façade and emphasise the modular structure. Internal accommodation extends to approximately 105 sq m and combines beautifully, aluminium-framed floor-to-ceiling glazing with engineered oak flooring and exposed concrete structural elements faithful to its Brutalist heritage.
Access is via a plywood front door on Hague street which is on the sixth floor. On this level is an entrance hallway and an enormous living room with a west-facing timber-decked balcony and an open-plan kitchen with plywood cabinetry and built-in appliances
Against raw concrete walls, an elegant timber staircase and handrail ascend, beneath a glass balustrade, to the upper level landing where there is access to a family bathroom. To the right is an expansive master bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, floor-to-ceiling glazing along an entire aspect, and a glazed sliding door to a west-facing Juliette balcony. To the left is an equally large second bedroom with floor-to-ceiling glazing along an entire aspect, and a large storage niche.
The original Park Hill design comprised of four ranges linked by bridges and arranged at obtuse angles to maximise the panoramic views across the city and southern Pennines. The term ‘streets in the sky’ was used to describe the concept of a high-density vertical street system consisting of four levels of street decks, wide enough to carry milk floats, and with a ‘high street’ of local services on the lower levels.
The developers of the new scheme have furthered this incorporation of amenities to include a nursery, a cafe, a village green, along with new work-spaces for businesses, artists and students, and the provision of secure parking. Since completion of the first phase, a new public park, South Street Open Space, has been created by Sheffield City Council between the nearby railway station and Park Hill. The second phase of renovation is due for completion in 2022.
Park Hill is located approximately ten minutes’ walk from the galleries, theatres and shopping of Sheffield city centre. Sheffield has the highest ratio of trees to people of any city in Europe and is home to two of the UK’s largest universities and around 60,000 students. Sheffield Hallam University – City campus is within ten minutes’ walk and Sheffield University Campus around a 25-minute walk.
The city’s main train station is a five-minute walk and runs direct services to London St Pancras International in around two hours, Manchester Piccadilly in under an hour, and Liverpool in approximately an hour and 40 minutes. There is also a tram and bus stop five minutes’ walk away, with services to the university, hospitals, Meadowhall shopping centre and Hillsborough.
Service Charge: Approx £139 per month