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Major Park Hill development to include purpose-built nursery

Article By: Richard Howard, News Editor

Sheffield’s Grace Owen Nursery will have a new home within the regeneration of Park Hill, where the service has belonged for the last 50 years, after Sheffield County Council and developers confirmed that external funding sources will be used to fund the new site.

The regeneration, scheduled to begin this summer, will incorporate a purpose-built indoor and outdoor space for the children, with a decision yet to be made on the future use of the current site.

Situated alongside growing businesses and new neighbours, the nursery’s service is expected to be even more beneficial towards the lives of working parents, welcoming children from six months to four years old and also offering playcare schemes for children up to eight years old during school holidays.

Cabinet member for children, young people and families, councillor Jackie Drayton, commented: “Grace Owen Nursery, at the heart of the Park Hill, has been loved and appreciated by all the children and families who have attended over the years, so it’s wonderful to know it will continue to provide much needed early years services for the residents and community in its new premises. The Nursery will benefit from the world class landscape that is being created all around it and it will be a real asset in this groundbreaking regeneration project.”

In seeing through the regeneration, Sheffield County Council are working in partnership with developers Urban Splash, together with the Great Places Housing Group and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Urban Splash chairman Tom Boxham MBE also commented on the inclusion of the new nursery site within the plans: “This is another good piece of news for the regeneration of Park Hill. It will provide a fantastic new home for Grace Owen Nursery - one of the best in Sheffield. The nursery will be a great complement to the homes, offices, landscaping and retail that will be an integral of Park Hill and I am looking forward to when it opens in 2013.”

Park Hill is one of the most celebrated heritage sites in Sheffield and is believed to be the largest Grade II listed building in Europe; the revamp is estimated to cost £146m in total.


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