Kier – Park Hill
Davison Fencing are looking forward to working with our Client Kier, providing security fencing and gates to public areas. Having completed the site set-up works on timber hoarding, tree protection and access gates early in 2019, our operations director Darren Horbury is pleased to be once again working alongside Kier PM David Johnson.
The redevelopment of Sheffield’s iconic Park Hill Estate has taken another step forward with the start of work on the £20m Phase 3 of the project.
Specialist student accommodation developer Alumno is developing 74 townhouse-style units to accommodate 356 students, as well as additional commercial space for use by residents and the community.
Alumno has appointed Kier as construction partner on the £20m student accommodation scheme, the companies having previously worked together on projects in Durham, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
The project is due to complete in autumn 2020.
David Campbell, managing director of Alumno, said: “This is a one-off and a blueprint project, and students interested in architecture and design are particularly excited about the prospect of living in a world-renowned architectural icon.
“This is an iconic site with international significance – forming a crucial part of Sheffield’s past, present and future – and will be one of our most important projects to date. We’re pleased to be working with Kier again given our longstanding and successful relationship, where we have delivered several schemes over the years.”
John O’Callaghan, managing director for Kier Northern, added: “We’re thrilled to be working on the refurbishment of this iconic building in Sheffield and delivering high-quality homes for its students. To benefit the local community we have committed to creating four employment opportunities and have two on-site apprentices.”
The development aims to build on the work Park Hill owner Urban Splash has already undertaken. It has so far completed the first phase of redevelopment, comprising 260 homes, ten workspaces and the Grace Owen children’s nursery.
The proposals were developed in collaboration with architects’ practice Whittam Cox Architects, and interior designer Ben Kelly Design (BKD) and Brinkworth Design were appointed to the shared community space for students.
Consultation was held with stakeholders, Heritage England and students from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).
Park Hill, located on a hill above the city’s railway station, is one of the Sheffield’s best-known landmarks and is the largest listed structure in Europe. The property was built in 1961 and was one of the first Brutalist buildings in the UK. It was awarded grade II*-listed status in 1998.
Plans for the fourth phase of development, including almost 100 flats and a flagship arts and culture venue, were submitted earlier this year.