Sheffield City Council moves forward with plans to redevelop Parkwood Springs

£200,000 has been committed by the council to progress redevelopment plans for the site of the former Ski Village at Parkwood Springs.

The funding will be used to carry out site investigation and assessment work and will inform plans for the site’s redevelopment as a major leisure attraction. Work will also begin on clearing some of the old Ski Village structures, debris and vegetation to make the site safe for future construction work.

An ecological assessment will also be carried out to assess the potential impact of redevelopment on biodiversity and the local environment.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal at Sheffield City Council said: “We recognise the vast potential that Parkwood has to offer in Sheffield, both as a major tourist attraction for the region and as a site that will be central to contributing towards improving the health, lifestyle and opportunities for local people.

“We can’t get away from the fact that this is a challenging site with many complex issues, but we’re ready to meet the challenge and work to secure the future of Parkwood for years to come.”


Urbana celebrates new hire ahead of ambitious 2022 plans

Innovative planners and urbanists, Urbana has welcomed Joe Kirtley to its growing team across Sheffield and London.

Urbanist Joe has joined the business from a private planning consultancy in the Midlands.

He explained: “I wanted to work for a company with a genuine passion for the built environment, providing exceptional design and making better places. I firmly believe as Urbanists, we can shape the future of our cities and the spaces we interact with in a fundamentally positive way.

“The climate change crisis is threatening the world’s future, and I hope we can play our part in addressing this. I look forward to being a part of Urbana’s future growth, and I’m excited about our 2022 plans.”

Based in the Sheffield office, Joe will support the rest of the team in delivering development proposals that improve cities and towns. He will also be looking into research projects around people’s relationship with the built environment, particularly concerning mental health and personal development.

Managing director, Adam Murray, added: “We have ambitious growth plans for 2022, and we’re thrilled that Joe will be joining us on our journey.”