Students' film shows progress of £250m Sheffield housing project

Matt Morgan and Joe Gist
Matt Morgan and Joe Gist
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Sheffield students have produced a film to show the work of a key Sheffield housing provider.

Film and media production undergraduates Matt Morgan and Joe Gist from Sheffield Hallam University spent time in city streets finding people's thoughts on Sheffield Housing Company.

They interviewed homebuyers, tenants, apprentices and workers along with members of the community in areas where the company is building new homes.

Sheffield Housing Company is half owned by Sheffield Council and half by Keepmoat Great Places. It aims to build 2,300 new homes over the next 15 years on cleared sites in Arbourthorne, Fir Vale, Granville, Manor, Manor Park, Norfolk Park, Parson Cross and Shirecliffe in a £250 million programme.

The seven minute film is now online at www.sheffieldhousing.co.uk.

Matt, a third year student originally from Manchester, said: “It was a great opportunity to produce a piece of commercial work and it was also great fun meeting people from different backgrounds and parts of the city.

“It gave us the opportunity to cover every aspect of documentary film making from setting up locations and interviews, through filming and recording, producing and editing. These are all areas covered on our course but to be able to practice them all in one complete piece of work was a great opportunity.”

Joe, also in his third year and from Leicester, added: “In essence we made three separate short films looking at what Sheffield Housing company means to the people living in its homes, those who work on the sites and the communities already living in the areas where new homes are being built. We then edited these into a combined film covering all elements of the project.”

The first phase of development in Parson Cross, Norfolk Park and Shirecliffe is now complete, with 293 homes built – 70 for affordable rent. Construction of phase two – adding sites in Manor and Fir Vale areas to further development in the three original neighbourhoods – will deliver 478 more homes.

Sheffield Housing Company project director John Clephan said: “Whilst delivering high quality homes is our prime goal, a major part of our remit is to work with organisations and individuals across the city to build links that will help and support education and learning in Sheffield.

“This initiative provided the ideal platform to do this and at the same time, tell the story of what SHC is delivering through the words of those most closely affected by the development.

“Matt and Joe have done a great job in producing a thoroughly entertaining and informative piece of work, which we will use to show others what can be achieved by projects of this kind.”

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