The third phase of the iconic brutalist landmark Park Hill in Sheffield is now complete and occupied. Alumno, is proud to unveil Béton House, which offers townhouses, two and four-bed flats and studio accommodation for 356 students.
Béton House has been designed by South Yorkshire Region-based architects Whittam Cox, the contractor was Keir, and Alumno worked with a series of artists to animate the communal indoor and outdoor areas. Overseen by curator Matthew Jarratt, Sheffield’s first poet laureate was commissioned to write poems about Park Hill, a Park Hill font has been created and the well-known designer Ben Kelly created the interior design of the communal areas. Artist Martin Gray has also made a new short film featuring those involved in the construction – https://bit.ly/ParkHillFlats
“We create student living spaces all over the UK,” said Alumno MD David Campbell. “Our dedicated and creative team shared a vision that we feel we have realised – utilising and celebrating the assets afforded by the Park Hill building, recognising it’s historical community values and ensuring it has a new, but sympathetic, identity and a permanent legacy that is reflected though the art installations.”
The unique self-contained townhouses and other accommodation at Béton House is now managed on site by Homes for Students and is up and running with a team helping familiarise those new to the city and looking after the welfare of the resident students during these unusual times.
Alumno, established in 2006, partners with universities, colleges and other stakeholders to provide high quality living space for over 7,000 students to date across the UK, including London, Birmingham, Norwich, Glasgow, Durham and St Andrews.
Alumno delivers distinct and sensitive designs, carefully engaging with local residents to integrate its developments for the benefit of the existing community. Its schemes introduce a mix of other uses alongside the student accommodation.