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Park Hill Art Space. interior view. c. Carmody Groarke and S1 Artspace
Park Hill Art Space. exterior view. c. Carmody Groarke and S1 Artspace
Park Hill Art Space. internal courtyard. c. Carmody Groarke and S1 Artspace
Park Hill Art Space. artist studio. c. Carmody Groarke and S1 Artspace

Press release

29 October 2021


Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed in his Autumn Budget that Sheffield had been awarded £20m for its ‘Gateway to Sheffield‘ Levelling Up Fund bid, which incorporates a major redevelopment of the Castlegate area and contributions towards the development of two new and expanded cultural venues – Harmony Works and S1 Artspace.

Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said the funding was a huge boost to the city. He added: “It reflects the ambition and confidence we have in Sheffield to move forwards and reach our full potential. […] I’m proud of our success and would like to thank all of our partners for their hard work and dedication in putting together bids that will provide so many new opportunities for all those who live, work, learn and enjoy our fantastic city.”

Louise Hutchinson, Director of S1 Artspace said: “We are thrilled with the LUF grant, the cultural opportunities it will unlock for Sheffield are incredibly exciting and long overdue. The combination of schemes across Castlegate will regenerate a unique area of the city and establish a vibrant new quarter for residents and visitors to the city.”

Emily Pieters, Director of Harmony Works, added: “There has never been a more important time to invest in our children and the skills they develop from studying music. Through the restoration of Canada House, we will have a city centre home in Castlegate to support the musical lives of children and young people from every corner of our city. Harmony Works will be transformational, saving a unique heritage building and positioning Sheffield even more firmly as a city of music.”

Martin McKervey, chair of the Castlegate Partnership, said: “It’s fantastic to see funding for these projects confirmed and will make a real difference to realising the full potential of Castlegate whilst providing great facilities will increase access to opportunities for many people.
This will be a major step towards our vision of offering an artistic education to every child, regardless of their background. Our partners have achieved great success in coming together to form this bid and it will be great to see our plans come to fruition in the years to come.”


28 August 2019


We are pleased to announce that our plans for Park Hill Art Space by award-winning architects Carmody Groarke, have been granted Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent by Sheffield City Council, through a unanimous vote by the Planning Committee.

This flagship project will transform the heart of the iconic Park Hill Estate by providing a world-class destination for arts, culture and heritage. Underlining Sheffield’s role as a key player in the Northern Powerhouse, Park Hill Art Space will be a major economic driver for the city, acting as a catalyst for its visitor economy and a creative industry incubator encouraging inward investment. 

“We are delighted that Sheffield City Council have approved our plans for Park Hill Art Space. Over the past four years based at Park Hill, we’ve worked closely with the local community to deliver a relevant and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events. The opportunity to build on this work by establishing a major new cultural destination for the region will be significant for Sheffield. This project is also much more than an arts development, it is about recognising the pivotal role of culture in shaping the future of the city.” Louise Hutchinson, Artistic Director and CEO, S1 Artspace

Building on Sheffield’s reputation as a city of culture on the world stage, Park Hill Art Space will feature one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the North of England as well as artist studios, workspace for creative businesses, learning and community studios, heritage flats, accommodation for visiting artists, a gallery shop and café. The project will provide public access to the Duke St block of the Grade II* listed Park Hill estate, including access to flats as part of a public heritage offer. 

The existing concrete structure of the building will be carefully restored and provide a framework for the repurposed spaces. The new build art gallery will be connected to the base of the residential tower, utilising the former Link pub as the entrance space, café and gallery shop. The gallery building is designed as a series of interlinked rooms, partially submerged into the sloped landscape and organised around a secure external courtyard. The art gallery will be built from brick and concrete, making a material link to the original buildings of Park Hill.

“Our designs have been continually inspired by our client’s vision for a new visual arts venue which feels creatively progressive but also deeply rooted to its sense-of-place in Sheffield and to Park Hill itself. This marks an important milestone in the delivery of that vision and one which plays a significant role in safeguarding the future of Park Hill.”  Andy Groarke, Carmody Groarke.

The plans also include designs by Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects which will transform the landscape of Park Hill into an urban sculpture park, and residential flats by Urban Splash which will complete Phase 4 of the Park Hill Estate.