Sheffield council housing estate voted among top 20 coolest places to live in UK

Parkhill flats in Sheffield
Parkhill flats in Sheffield
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A council housing estate in Sheffield, once condemned as an eyesore, has been named as one of the coolest places to live in the UK.

Park Hill estates, near Sheffield parkway, has been hailed as being "back in fashion" by the Times who ranked it the sixth coolest place to live in the UK.

The estate, described as "the largest-scale application of New Brutalism" by the Guardian in 2015, is currently being regenerated by developers Urban Splash.

Work first started on the flats 15 years ago and a revised completion date has been set for 2022 following an agreement with Sheffield Council last year.

The next phases of the scheme will now include 210 residential properties, 330 student housing units and 130,000 square foot of commercial space.

The once-notorious 1960s flats were once characterised by unpainted concrete, drug problems and crime.

It only narrowly avoided demolition in 1998 when English Heritage controversially placed a Grade II listing on the entire estate.

The estate was transferred to Urban Splash in 2004 and since then they have plunged £21 million worth of investment, including £1 million from the government and the remainder from small grants, into its regeneration.

The first phase saw properties eventually released for sale in 2011/12 but the completion of the 260 homes and 10 ‘creative workspaces’ for digital and creative businesses was only finally completed in 2014/15

The next phases of the scheme will now include 210 residential properties, 330 student housing units and 130,000 square foot of commercial space.

The Times made mention of the "I love you, will u marry me" graffiti sprayed on a footbridge being reworked in neon as a reason for its inclusion.

A replica of the graffiti was shown at the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2006 with Thornbridge brewery later printing it on its beer labels.