Several members of the fitting team will be heading up to Sheffield next week to begin working at what was formerly the largest council estate in Europe; Park Hill.
Built in 1961, the 1,000-flat Park Hill estate housed up to 3,000 people and incorporated shops, a doctor’s surgery, dentist, clinic, nursery, school, four pubs and a police station.
Initially a strong community spirit was established, but as time progressed the estate slowly decayed and by the 1980s Park Hill had become so dilapidated that it was no longer a popular place to live, eventually leading to the estate largely becoming derelict.
Despite being viewed as a blot on the landscape by many Sheffield residents, the building was granted Grade II Listed status, becoming the largest listed structure in Europe.
Inventive developers Urban Splash, a company renowned for regenerating buildings, saw potential in Park Hill and in partnership with English Heritage purchased the site with the intention of redeveloping it into stylish flats and commercial spaces.
The first phase of redevelopment has already won multiple awards so we were delighted when Urban Splash appointed us to carry out the acoustic flooring for 185 other apartments at the plot, a project that will be conducted over a 12-month period.
The product we are utilising is the JCW cradle system.
It isn’t the first time we have been commissioned by Urban Splash as we completed a similar undertaking for them in 2010 at the Parade Building, Saxton Gardens in Leeds involving the revitalisation of two derelict 1950’s blocks.
We couldn’t be happier to be involved in such an historic undertaking.