the (rep)rise of park hill

Park Hill flats are a Sheffield icon – they’re the first thing you see as you step off the train from London (well, they are if you’re looking up…), and they’ve featured on album covers and in movies. They’ve also gone from being visionary (the famous ‘Streets in the Sky heralding a new dawn when they opened fifty years ago) to being, well, rather nasty to live in.

However, they’ve been saved from disaster by some radical reworking by the wonderful Urban Splash, in an ongoing redevelopment. Six or seven years ago I photographed the flats for the Daily Telegraph just before the work started. Last week I was back on the site covering a story for Sheffield Hallam University – three of their students have won a competition to do the interior design on one of the show flats – and I took the opportunity to do an ‘echo’ shot of my original Park Hill picture, shown below.

It’ll be a big year for Park Hill, with the Show Flats going live, and the 50th anniversary of their official opening in June – hopefully I’ll be back to do some more there too.

Park Hill Flats 2011 for Sheffield Hallam University

Park Hill Flats in the mid-2000's for the Daily Telegraph

Something of an improvement…

Photos copyright: Richard Hanson

Richard Hanson :: photographer :: Sheffield