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The Park Hill estate in Sheffield

Park Hill in Sheffield is a large council estate comprising 995 flats. The structure was inspired by the famous architect Le Corbusier. Leading architectural and historic buildings expert Dan Cruickshank shows us the structure and explains its history. We learn how each floor had broad aisles wide enough for milk floats and how the complex also incorporated a primary school and shopping precinct. Constructed of reinforced concrete combined with yellow, orange and red brick curtain walling, it demonstrates 'brutalist' modernism on a European scale. The estate was initially very popular and successful but decayed over time to become an inner city sink estate, described by some as a 'mugger's paradise' or 'concrete prison'.

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5 minutes