Ten people interested in every flat at Park Hill

Park Hill Flats, Sheffield, with an advert reading: 'Park Hill - I Love You - Will You Marry Me'
Park Hill Flats, Sheffield, with an advert reading: 'Park Hill - I Love You - Will You Marry Me'
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A GIANT advert on the front of the first block of revamped flats at Park Hill has led to 1,000 people registering an interest in one of the apartments.

Developer Urban Splash’s managing director Simon Gawthorpe revealed the firm has been ‘delighted’ with the interest.

If follows the creation of a giant poster advert displaying the message ‘I Love You, Will U Marry Me’ - which comes from now iconic graffiti daubed on the concrete structure years ago.

Mr Gawthorpe said: “We’ve had around 1,000 people register their interest with around 200 of these getting in touch as soon as we released the starting prices. It is also significant that the majority of these are from the Sheffield city region.

“It’s especially pleasing as we’re receiving lots of positive feedback from people of all ages and backgrounds. We’re looking forward to speaking to people and being able to show them the apartments when we open the doors to Park Hill on October 8.

“This is an opportunity for people to buy into part of a Grade II* listed building and at very competitive prices and interest has been significant so far.

“Interest is also high in the 40,000 sq ft of commercial space, which are suitable for office, retail and restaurant uses. Although the units haven’t officially been launched yet talks are already ongoing with a number of potential occupiers keen on making Park Hill the new home for their business.”

The 78 properties available as part of the first phase of the revamped Park Hill include 26 social housing flats which are being managed by Great Places housing, the housing association currently responsible for Manor and Wybourn estates.

Sheffield Council cabinet member responsible for housing Coun Harry Harpham said: “To have the kind of interest we have seen in Park Hill - more than 10 people interested for each flat available, is very impressive particularly at a time when the housing market is stagnant.

“It’s an incredible achievement but I have looked around the flats myself and I know anyone looking around will be impressed, particularly with the tremendous views and location on the edge of the city centre.”

Coun Harpham praised the ‘excellent’ work of developer Urban Splash and English Heritage, which has overseen the project because Park Hill is a listed building.

He added: “The amount of interest in Park Hill justifies the decisions taken to proceed with the development.”

- People wishing to register their interest in living at Park Hill can do so at www.urbansplash.co.uk/park-hill.