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Report - Parkhill, Sheffield, Oct & June 2013

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    Sheffield’s iconic streets in the sky. Built to re house the slum population of Sheffield following clearance of the back to back housing in the notorious ‘Little Chicago’ area of the city. Parkhill opened in 1961. The complex was designed by Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith took influence from Le Corbusier’s Unite d’habitaion in Marseille. While initially the project was considered a success, by the 1980's Park Hill had gained notoriety due to rising crime levels and drug use in the inner cities.

    Despite the problems, the complex remains structurally sound, unlike many of the system built blocks of the era, and controversially was Grade II* listed in 1998 making it the largest listed building in Europe. Sheffield City Council hoped this would attract investment to renovate the building, but this was not initially forthcoming. The decision to list the estate was controversial at the time and it continues to attract criticism.

    Regeneration of the first wing started around 2005 with units in the first phase going on sale late 2012. This is the best of a few visits for me. Visited with the usual folks :thumb


    Results of a few different visits;


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    The refurbished section


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    Looking over to Hyde Park

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    Cheers!​
     

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