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S1 Artspace has revealed more details on its £1m relocation plan to Sheffield’s iconic Park Hill estate.

A new art complex will be built as the home for the Sheffield non-profitable artists-led organisation and a major new venue for arts and culture in the city after £1m of Government funding was announced in last week’s budget.

The space will house an archive, auditorium artist studios, creative workspace, live or work flats, production workshops and an education space in the Duke Street wing of the estate.

The plan is to expand and relocate from Trafalgar Street to the brutalist Grade II listed structure, as part of a capital project which is expected to finish in 2020.

S1 already has a presence at Park Hill with its contemporary art programme in the Scottish Queen pub and there are also plans for a sculpture park outside the new art complex.

“It has been a huge team effort to get to this point and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped so far”, said Louise Hutchinson, artistic director of S1 Artspace.

“This is the first major step towards realising our ambition and we very much look forward to the journey ahead.”

A gallery which will be ‘one of the largest galleries dedicated to contemporary arts in the North of England.’ is also stated in the plan.

Lord Bob Kerslake, project champion, added: “This is an exciting project for Sheffield that will provide a fantastic new home for arts and culture at Park Hill. I am delighted to be championing it.”

The funding was part of measures to relieve financial difficulties of museums across the north.

Park Hill estate was built in 1961 by architects jack Lynn and Ivor Smith, and was given Grade II listed building status in 1998.

It is being redeveloped by Urban Splash.