Wybourn Estate

  • Location: Sheffield UK
  • Programme: 2008
  • Client: Great Places
  • Contract Value: ¬£1-10m

Great Places commissioned Arca in late 2008 to explore options for reorganising the edge of a council estate. The layout needed to improve the security for residents, the quality of the housing, and the character of the public realm. Crucially, the client was keen to create distinctive open spaces which would give an identity to the estate.

Of the three options which Arca proposed, the most striking was the ‘wave’ option – a meandering route which climbed the hill south to the main community hub.¬†Along the way, new crescents were formed, overlooking the play and relaxation spaces of the boulevard. At its western end, the road provided a direct link to the Cricket Inn Road tram stop. In this way a marriage of safe practical homes and public spaces had the potential to be achieved, changing the image of the neighbourhood for good.