Manor Fields Park, Sheffield: From Deprivation to Revitalization

Manor Fields Park, Sheffield: From Deprivation to Revitalization

The Manor Fields Park in Sheffield was once seen as the worst estate in Britain due to its high level of deprivation, long-term unemployment, crime and anti-social behaviour

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Slide1Manor Fields Park, Sheffield

Slide2Manor Fields Park, Sheffield• An area of High depravation • Described as the 'worst estate in Britain‘ • Large areas of open space that was neglected, unmanaged, undervalued and unloved • Commonly held view that  ‘green’ equalled a severe liability • Underlying problems of long term unemployment, crime and anti-social behaviour and areas of poor environmental quality.

Slide3Manor Fields Park, SheffieldEarly challenges

Slide4Manor Fields Park, Sheffield• However, there is a strong sense of community and family attachment, pride in the place where they live and a determination of community organisations to build a brighter future is always highlighted in discussions with people who live, work or are connected to the area.

Slide5InspireMasterplan and design • Conceptual masterplan – set the challenge – develop the big idea – identify your partners • Understand the site – constant reviewing – evolving landscape – optimise site potential – ongoing Process • Robust design to meet social and environmental needs – identify with user aspirations – minimise the impact of development on the environment

Slide6Partner• Understand the users – change is a major challenge – identifying the needs of a changing community • Building confidence – process of engagement • Substantive and subtle processes – a need for sensitivity • Turn negative landscapes into positive experiences – shows respect • Change is becoming acceptable Including the community

Slide7Enhance and protect  An incremental approach • Interim work – doing the basics – basic infrastructure • Layering the design – building on the good things • Defining character – making a place that is unique, special and exciting – a place where residents and visitors want to be • Having patience – building only when the time is right

Slide8Benefit  GI profiting the local economy • New opportunities – building on the good things – Protecting the environment – planning for the future • Business investment – businesses benefiting from increased trade – new opportunities being considered • Visitor attraction – a place where residents and visitors want to be – bring in visitors on the strength of its popularity

Slide9Design and InnovateDesign and specification • Challenge perceptions of what a park is? • Designed to be robust, durable and sustainable • Conceived with play in mind • Best practice eco principles – aim to minimise the effect of development on the site – use environmentally preferable products – minimise energy consumption – protect and conserve water • Increasing specification as culture changes

Slide10ManageBuilding on our green legacy • Management integral to the creative process • Slow, manageable improvement • Social enterprise company involvement • Dedicated site team • Simple, cost effective and easy to maintenance • Easily modified or reinstated • Continual development

Slide11Monitor Achievementand Celebrate Success • Monitor progress – building on the good things – planning for the future – are we practicing lessons learnt ? • Checks in place – are we continually improving? – are we delivering our stated objectives? • Celebrate – publicise success – champion good achievement – learn from others

Slide12Lessons learnedWhere to next? • Sheffield Core Strategy and Development control guidance • Support developers through the planning process • Surface Water Management plan • Green & open spaces strategy • Agreements to adoption • Champion SUDS, green roofs and water management • Apply the lessons learned

Slide13Summary• The challenge – to create a sustainable public park • Incremental approach – right for big, socially complex sites • Core team – ensures continuity • Multifunctional landscape – presents a strong case • The big picture – look holistically • Adapting to the future – minimising the effects of development on climate change

Slide14Manor Fields Park, Sheffield