First chance to see £25m Park Hill phase two plans at exhibition

The bridge linking phases one and two of Park Hill flats.
The bridge linking phases one and two of Park Hill flats.
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Plans for the next stage of Park Hill flats will go on public display for the first time next week.

Developer Urban Splash will share detailed proposals for phase two, which comprises 210 residential properties at a cost of £25 million, from midday to 8pm at Park Hill on Thursday.

Architect Mikhail Riches has been working on the plans, which follow on from the 263 homes, 10 nurseries and the new Grace Owen Nursery which make up the adjacent block.

At the exhibition people will be able to ask questions of the phase two project team and provide feedback before a planning application is submitted later this year.

Urban Splash managing director Simon Gawthorpe said: “We’ve been on site since 2007 so it is great that we can fulfil our original ambitions for Park Hill and some of that potential has been realised with the completion of the first phase.

“Now we hope the public will embrace the exciting plans for phase two.

The team from Mikhail Riches behind phase two.

The team from Mikhail Riches behind phase two.

“I would encourage anybody who lives, works or visits the area regularly to come along and let us know what you think - we look forward to hearing all the comments and these will be considered prior to submitting detailed plans.”

With phase one complete, six hundred people now live and work at Park Hill. Visitors can also enjoy a new landscaped area with wildflowers and seating.

Early plans for phase three of the project will also be on show on Thursday. Alumno Developments has been brought in to provide 330 student flats at a cost of £20 million.

Phases four and five involve turning the Duke Street building into a new home for S1 Artspace, and creating open market and affordable housing.

The completed phase one of Park Hill.

The completed phase one of Park Hill.

The gallery hopes to invest £21 million, including £1 million from the Government and the remainder from grants, to establish a cultural hub in the brutalist buildings.

Urban Splash regeneration director Mark Latham said the firm’s ambition for Park Hill when it first got involved in 2007 was to make a space where a new community could flourish.

But the final result is still some years off. Urban Splash has set a completion date of 2022 for the entire Park Hill project.

S1 Artspace has also applied for planning permission to convert a garage, in the shadow of the Duke Street block of flats, into a temporary artists studio.

For those unable to attend Thursday’s exhibition, the proposals will be available to view online at www.urbansplash.co.uk.

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