Gallery: Massive Park Hill Post-War Project Being Regenerated into a Co...

 
Upgrades to the North Block building include replacing the brick work with colorful anodized aluminum panels, upgrading and refinishing some of the concrete, and adding more windows to both the north facades and to the 'streets' to increase daylighting.

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  1. lazyreader October 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Back in the 1950s, we had urban renewal that devastated individual neighborhoods and often replaced them with unlivable high-rise towers that since then have been blown up because they have been proven to be so terrible to live in. The brutalist work was at first very popular, but over time people moved on and out and the development became dilapidated and run down. I’m glad they admit that. Just like many projects many of which, like those in the U.S., were demolished by the 80’s and 90’s. Even now, inhabitants of Sheffield are split on the matter of Park Hill; many believe it to be a part of Sheffield’s heritage, while others consider it nothing more than an eyesore and blot on the landscape. Concrete facades do not age well in damp, cloudy maritime climates such as that of Europe. In these climates, the concrete becomes streaked with water stains and sometimes with moss and lichens, and rust leaches from the steel reinforcing bars embedded inside. Reinforced concrete “does not age gracefully but instead crumbles, stains, and decays”, which makes alternative building styles superior. Stones like marble and granite age rather well. Brick looks interesting with a little deformity or wear and tear.

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