Sheffield’s Grade II-listed Park Hill Estate

Some have been left to rot, others have been demolished and most have been branded as eyesores. We’re talking about Sheffield’s Brutalist buildings, which have long struggled with an image problem.

But perceptions are changing.

There is a growing appreciation for the city’s Modernist heritage and the architects who pioneered the style that helped reshape the city after the Second World War. For starters, there is a Sheffield Modernist Society, which has just launched a membership scheme offering tours and unique access to these bold concrete buildings.

And crucially, some are being restored; the once-infamous Park Hill housing estate, with its ‘streets in the sky’ layout, is slowly being revamped. Phase two of the restoration work completes next month.

We asked the Sheffield Modernist Society to pick the city’s six best Brutalist landmarks.



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