Sheffield flats plan in running for top prize

The interior of Park Hill Phase 1, Sheffield, which has been shortlisted for the 2013 Riba Stirling Prize for best new building.
The interior of Park Hill Phase 1, Sheffield, which has been shortlisted for the 2013 Riba Stirling Prize for best new building.
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The redevelopment of Sheffield’s famous Park Hill flats is in the running to be crowned Britain’s best new building.

The project to transform the Grade-II listed flats complex into modern homes is one of six schemes shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2013 Stirling Prize, which honours excellence in architecture.

Judges said Park Hill ‘stands as a beacon for imaginative regeneration, quality mass housing and the bold reuse of a listed building’.

They said: “The structure of the building remained in place while key features were changed – interior layout, windows, security and much more.”

David Bickle, of London-based architects Hawkins/Brown, part of the team behind the project, said: “We are delighted Park Hill has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.

“It is a testament to the partnerships who have committed a great deal of hard work and, yes, love to make the project a success.

“It is one of the buildings that makes Sheffield unique and it is great it has been recognised by this award.”

The other buildings on the six-strong shortlist are Bishop Edward King Chapel in Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire,Newhall Be in Harlow, Essex, a £12 million group of 84 new homes, Limerick University’s medical school, the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre in Northern Ireland and Astley Castle in Warwickshire – a Landmark Trust holiday home created in the ruined walls of a 12th century manor.

South Yorkshire has already enjoyed success in the Stirling Prize, which the transformation of a former steel mill in Templeborough, Rotherham, into the Magna Science Adventure Centre winning the title in 2001.

The 2013 winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday, September 26.