Park Hill

In this Editorial

Utopia reimagined

An iconic piece of Brutalist architecture originally designed with an ideal of integrated living at its heart, the Parkhill flats have been given a new lease of life with a new redevelopment programme and the area is once again at the intersection of cultural change. 

Once a utopian social housing project in the same mould as the Barbican in London, complete with its own shops, police station, school and even morgue, Park Hill became rundown after the national appetite for housing estates changed. Now, Urban Splash are now mid-way through their total redevelopment of one of the dominating features of the city’s skyline.

The decline of the original project left a bitter taste in the mouths of many - and while the new development may not be to everyone’s taste, its bright approach, inclusion of social housing, integration of a nursery, businesses and art spaces - not to mention its location right by the train station and city centre - make it one of the most desirable places to live.

There’s plenty more history here, but the best approach is to just soak it up yourself, and ask some people around the area for more local stories. And what better place to do so than in South Street Kitchen, where the food, coffee, and selection of beers will make it difficult for you to leave.

Explore the neighbourhood

South Street Kitchen

South Street Kitchen is housed in Europe's largest Grade II Listed building - the iconic Park Hill Flats. Set inside this brutalist masterpiece you'll find friendly staff, a great vibe, and some quality food and drinks (with lots of gluten free and vegan options).

S1 Artspace

S1 Artspace is an artist-led organisation providing studio space for over twenty Sheffield based artists and a project space, which presents an annual programme of contemporary exhibitions, screenings and events.

Sheffield Tap

A gateway to the city's prolific beer scene, the Tap's bar offers a huge choice of beer sourced from across the globe, plus they even have their own on-site microbrewery “Tapped Brew Co.” brewing weekly, with the latest freshest beer available from their bar.

Showroom Cinema

The home of independent cinema in Sheffield, The Showroom are committed to providing a diverse range of films and related activity for Sheffield and the surrounding region. They host high profile film festivals throughout the year, including the world famous DocFest and Sheffield's very own Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF).

South Street Park Amphitheatre

Easily accessible from over the Supertram bridge at Park Square roundabout, or out the rear entrance of the train station, in South Street Park, it has fantastic views across to the city centre, and has been used for performances, screenings and installations.

Five Weirs Walk

The Five Weirs Canal Walk is a surfaced path and cycleway, stretching for 7.5 km along the River Don and passing the five historic weirs from which it takes its name.

Grey to Green

Grey to Green is an award-winning scheme bringing colour and sustainability to inner-city Sheffield.  The UK’s longest ‘green street’ and largest retrofit sustainable urban drainage scheme, it offers a calming refuge in an urban environment while encouraging cycling and walking too.

Victoria Quays

A large canal basin, that heads up the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal and the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

5तारा (5Tara Sheffield)

5तारा is the place where great cooking and fantastic vibes meet. The food is nutritious, delicious, and affordable, and diners young and old are welcomed alike. They serve cultural and traditional Punjabi cuisine, focussed on their North Indian heritage.

Dorothy Pax

Located at Victoria Quays, The Dorothy Pax is a popular bar due to its brilliant location, charming views, fantastic live music and great hospitality.

True Loves

True Loves is a wonderful refurb of the old canal arches. Honest, humble and independent, they are a staple with local communities, but love promoting the fantastic produce of Sheffield and broader Yorkshire.

Hope Works

Hope Works plays host to some of the best and most experimental electronic music on an incredible bespoke sound system.