Alumno Group has appointed Kier to deliver new €22.7m (£20m) student accommodation at the iconic Park Hill flats in Sheffield. The scheme includes the full refurbishment of the site to provide 356 bedrooms and will create 54 shared student flats which will each comprise of en-suite bedrooms and a communal lounge and kitchen area. The project will also offer 24 studio flats for students to live independently. The project is due to complete in Autumn 2020.
The iconic flats are Britain’s largest Grade II listed building and are based behind Sheffield’s train station. They were officially opened in 1961 as the first successful slum clearance scheme of an entire community in Britain after World War Two and consisted of nearly 1000 flats.
John O’Callaghan, managing director for Kier Northern, commented: “We’re thrilled to be working on the refurbishment of this iconic building in Sheffield and delivering high-quality homes for its students. To benefit the local community we have committed to creating four employment opportunities and have two on-site apprentices.”
Commenting on the appointment, David Campbell, Managing Director of Alumno, added: “This is an iconic site with international significance – forming a crucial part of Sheffield’s past, present and future – and will be one of our most important projects to date. We’re pleased to be working with Kier again given our longstanding and successful relationship, where we have delivered several schemes over the years.”