Year | 2008
Location | Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
Client | Sheffield City Council
Endcliffe Park represents a cornerstone in the development of Sheffield as a city – its proximity to the Peak District National Park allows the park to be a conduit between the urban fabric of Sheffield and the unspoiled beauty of the Peaks whilst being one of the most popular green spaces used by many groups of people. Despite its popularity, on closer inspection there are areas of concern and potential improvements that could be made for under represented groups of people such as young people, who are perceived to engage in anti-social behaviour by the general public.
The park and the Porter Valley as a whole yields a rich tapestry of Sheffield’s industrial heritage through the numerous mills have quite literally helped to shape the legacy of steel that has made Sheffield a world famous city. The Shepherd Wheel grinding workshop is an example of this industrial heritage, however the site is struggling to achieve it’s full potential.
In 2007, Sheffield City Council Parks & Countryside Department commissioned the University of Sheffield School of Architecture to look at how Endcliffe Park could be improved. Creative public consultation established where the problems were and what strategies can be implemented to improve the park.