Ar­chi­tect cho­sen for the next phase of res­ur­rec­tion of a city land­mark

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - LIZZIE MUR­PHY BUSI­NESS REPORTER ■ Email: lizzie.mur­ ■ Twit­ter: @lizziec­mur­phy

THE SE­COND phase of a mul­ti­mil­lion pound restora­tion pro­ject to trans­form one of the UK’s largest grade two listed build­ings into con­tem­po­rary homes and workspaces is un­der­way with the ap­point­ment of a new ar­chi­tect.

De­vel­oper Ur­ban Splash has cho­sen Lon­don-based Mikhail Riches to de­sign the next stage of Park Hill in Sh­effield, which will in­clude up to 200 homes and ap­prox­i­mately 30,000 sq ft of com­mer­cial space.

The first phase, which has now been com­pleted, saw Ur­ban Splash, along­side part­ners Places for Peo­ple and Great Places, cre­ate 260 apart­ments – 85 per cent of which are sold or oc­cu­pied, plus com­mer­cial space for ten busi­nesses and a rolling arts pro­gramme.

Mikhail Riches’ ap­point­ment fol­lows a cre­ative six-way pitch, the brief for which was to pre­serve the legacy and ef­forts of phase one ar­chi­tect Hawkins\ Brown and Stu­dio Egret West as well as the vi­sion of orig­i­nal ar­chi­tect Ivor Smith, who de­signed Park Hill with the late Jack Lynn.

The six short­listed firms were each given a flat and two weeks to de­sign it how­ever they wished to see the con­straints and op­por­tu­ni­ties that the build­ing brings.

Jonathan Falk­ing­ham MBE, Ur­ban Splash co-founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor, said: “Park Hill is com­pli­cated, it claims to be the largest grade two listed build­ing in the UK; this is both a huge chal­lenge and an op­por­tu­nity.

“With phase one we were able

We were able to trans­form widely held neg­a­tive per­cep­tions. John Falk­ing­ham MBE, Ur­ban Splash co­founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor

to trans­form widely held neg­a­tive per­cep­tions and to demon­strate that Park Hill could again be­come an amaz­ing place to live.

“This has cre­ated an amaz­ingly strong plat­form for phase two which we want to use as an op­por­tu­nity to chal­lenge our­selves afresh by start­ing from first prin­ci­ples and work­ing with some new ideas.”

The new Park Hill de­signs will be drawn by Mikhail Riches with in­put from Hawkins\Brown and Stu­dio Egret West who will act as strate­gic ar­chi­tec­tural con­sul­tants.

Mikhail Riches was founded by David Mikhail and An­nalie Riches who spe­cialise in res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and are used to work­ing on listed build­ings. Pre­vi­ous projects in­clude de­sign­ing new town­houses at White City, a part of the re­de­vel­op­ment of BBC Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre in Lon­don.

Ms Riches, who stud­ied at Sh­effield Univer­sity, said: “It is an enor­mous priv­i­lege to be in­volved in Park Hill’s res­ur­rec­tion and we are re­ally ex­cited to be the cho­sen prac­tice for phase two.”

She added: “Our pro­posal re­tained the ex­ist­ing brick­work but made the sculp­tural qual­i­ties of the façade more leg­i­ble by use of colour, an act that res­i­dents had started by paint­ing their own re­veals.”

TRANS­FORMED: Phase one of Park Hill, pic­tured above, has been com­pleted and phase two is now un­der­way, which will in­clude up to 200 homes and com­mer­cial space.

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