Kier has handed over the third phase of Park Hill Flats in Sheffield to Alumno Group. Park Hill Flats is Europe’s largest Listed building, covering 400 acres of land overlooking central Sheffield.
The flats were initially built between 1957 and 1961. By the 1990s they were in decline and largely abandoned. Kier has been constructing phase 3 of the refurbishments to convert this block into modern student accommodation. This comprises of 74 unique townhouse-style units to accommodate 356 new student bedrooms. It also includes new commercial space for use by residents and the local community.
The development of the flats was carried out with respect to the original design and in line with Historic England guidelines for the Grade II-listed building. Extensive concrete repairs were required with window replacements, new partition walling, and the addition of new services.
The project has also brought additional benefits to Sheffield in the form of social value and investing in communities where Kier provided work experience, supported apprenticeships, and utilised local labour wherever possible.
- Our social value work for this project included:
- Five community volunteer activities
- 10 new employment opportunities
- Two new apprentices
- 33 educational activities / site visits
- Eight work experience placements
- 88 apprentice weeks
The total social return on investment was £1.30 for every £1 spent on the project.
Regional director, Kier Regional Building Northern, Dan Doherty, said: “We are delighted to have handed over the completed Phase 3 of the Park Hill Flats project to Alumno Group. The scheme has not only improved an area of Sheffield for students and residents for years to come but has also enabled us to invest and provide a legacy to the community in which we work.”
Kier is currently delivering a number of schemes across Yorkshire and earlier this year it was appointed by York St John University to deliver its Creative Centre in York, a £13m project which is a new home for digital arts, creative studies and performing arts.