RIBA Stirling shortlist 2013 – Park Hill, Sheffield
The original aspiration of the late 1950s blocks to resemble an Italian hill village had degenerated into a sorry and threatening place to be – the completed first phase once again gives the people of Sheffield and visitors a building that excites and inspires.
The original ‘streets in the sky’ have been made safe with the addition of new security measures and a metre of space has been added to the width to add to the accommodation. Set back doorways and corner windows also humanise spaces that until now were considered no-go areas.
The Park Hill development lies just to the east of Sheffield City Centre, less than a mile from Sheffield station.
Architect: Hawkins/Brown with Studio Egret West
Client: Urban Splash