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Park Hill Development Moves Forward

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Work has finished on building the third phase of a student accommodation project in Sheffield's Park Hill Estate.

Beton House will provide accommodation for more than 300 students and consists of townhouses and a number of two and four-bedroom apartments, and studios.

The developer Alumno worked with Whittam Cox Architects and Kier Construction to deliver the scheme. The building will be managed by Homes for Students.

David Campbell, managing director of Alumno, said: "We create living spaces for students all over the UK. This year more than ever it is important to provide quality term time homes for students, and the adaptation of this amazing brutalist structure by Whittam Cox is exemplary providing an ideal place for students to both study and socialise."

"The whole project has been a fantastic team effort from planning, design, construction through to the influence of some great creative interior designers and artists. It is so heartening to see Béton House fully functional and occupied and to see students enjoying living there."

Nick Riley, board director at Whittam Cox Architects, added: "We have worked incredibly hard to understand the deep roots of the original design which is clearly very unique in architectural character. Our designs retain and celebrate all of the important elements of the original scheme, while respectfully adding new layers of identity and design thinking to create three-storey townhouses for student residents, using the famous 'streets in the sky' of course."

"We are particularly proud to be associated with Park Hill as we are a local practice; this building is culturally and physically an intrinsic part of Sheffield for many people, so being part of realising its next chapter is hugely important to us."