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June 2011

I search Park Hill on the internet you don't have to...

Heck of a lot of interest in the old dear on the week of her 50th Birthday! Check out "link central"  below.....
Lets kick off with  an article from the Independent
And also some Musings of an Urbanist on the above article;  the usual Hatherley type debate regarding the sale of social housing to the dreaded middle classes.... 
Some locals talking about the ongoing works  and the South Street  Ampitheatre
 in Skyscraper the idea of "Minack  North!"
Several events are up and coming ...Sheffield Civic Trust are holding a tour of the estate on Friday 24th June but alas its already fulled booked- rest assured they are holding further tours later in the year
The National Youth Theatre will be staging a performance  in Park Hill  early September
Also plenty of events coming up in the Autumn read Press release by Urban Splash
also here's their regular Park Hill Page
Sheffields much loved Jonathan Wilkinson of "Welivehere" fame; is  creating several new interpretations of the estate ;  also a set of new artworks are to be commissioned specially by architectural art specialists Dainow and Dainow ; as well as a new piece of home ware from Corin Mellor at David Mellor design
On a personal note;  I am looking forward to spending some time in July with fellow Blogger/ Housing  enthiasiast  SingleAspect
 Almost certainly we will be spending time in and around PH and we are endevouring; via  the council to gain (legal) access to one of the empty tenancies for photos research etc , obviously this will be a future Blog topic if we are sucessful; also am looking forward to organising several  other Industrial /  housing / heritage tours ...hopefully on the backdrop of too many Wetherspoons Breakfasts  and beer in the evenings
Hellfire ... just can't keep up..  Don't worry ...i'll be churning out even more TowerBlockMetal mugs and prints in the usual style and manner (sign up to my Blog or Twitter to keep up to speed on events) -  may even have to set up a trestle table in the middle of events  ...... jus like Del Boy eh!
And finally - forget what  all the socialites have to say ... here's Building UK s view on the matter

Park Hill 50th Birthday

Not the most advertised event of the decade ; but apparently Park hill was officially opened 50 years ago (yesterday)- I only got to learn when I was going to bed ! Here's what the Yorkshire Post had to say .....
Graffiti to be rescued in city flats restoration
Published on Thursday 16 June 2011 06:00
AN UNLIKELY feature of Sheffield’s Grade II Listed Park Hill flats has been preserved as part of the redevelopment of the high-rise complex.
A scrawled graffiti message making the statement “I love you will u marry me” has been a feature of a concrete bridge linking two sections of the structure for many years.
Now developer Urban Splash has decided the message, daubed by an unknown author, is too valuable to lose and it has been highlighted further with a neon sign which spells out the words.
It is 50 years today since Park Hill flats were officially opened as council flats. For several years now Urban Splash has been involved in redevelopment work which will see the complex transformed for modern needs.
Exterior work and landscaping are now nearing completion, with apartments expected to go on sale from September, when the first four to be modernised will go on show to the public.
Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham said graffiti was now recognised as part of the heritage and romance of the flats.
He said: “As Park Hill turns 50, a new chapter is beginning and it is fitting to mark this point with the unveiling of the next modern twist at Park Hill – the neon I Love You Will U Marry Me sign.
“The declaration ‘I love you will you marry me’ is not only an iconic piece of graffiti but is also our invitation to the city. We want people to love Park Hill once again and it is exciting to see the development taking shape,” he said.
A series of events over several months is being planned to celebrate the building’s half-century anniversary, which will include exhibitions, music and arts events.
In addition, designers and artists have also been commissioned to create homeware and artworks to commemorate the anniversary.
Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s regeneration spokesman, said: “Park Hill is a flagship development in Sheffield, both because it’s so visible from many parts of the city and it has such a rich and fascinating history.”
You'd think that given the Grade 2 listed status of the Brutalist Beauty and also how much Urban Splash are promoting how fantastic it is and will be to live there; they'd have made more of fuss about the unveiling of the now neon enhanced classic graffiti adorning the walkway connecting  Long Henry Row between Phase 1 and Phase 2
Anyhow at risk of sounding like a right miserable so and so I'll stop moaning and merely acknowledge the fact i'm envious that i wasn't there
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Urban Outfitters, Kensington London

Work currently on display at Urban Outfitters, Kensington London
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These are my pieces
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