The Philadelphia Park

The Philadelphia Network Limited / Sheffield, UK

Network Church Sheffield engaged McGregor Coxall to deliver an urban feasibility study for the redevelopment of St Thomas Philadelphia, a post-industrial district located on the inner edge of Sheffield City Centre. Taking an inclusive design approach, the concept builds on a strong narrative between community and place, establishing an urban village that integrates community programmes within a new mixed use hub. An educational design process was promoted via three engagement periods which included flagging workshops and online questionnaires.

Central to the concept is the Philadelphia district’s first community park abound by religious-functions, social enterprises, retail and varying residential typologies. Shared surface treatments, rain-gardens and an adaptively reused terraced house will frame the public space and ensure social, cultural and environmental benefits for all site users. By establishing a bold vision, tested through economic viability and cost estimates the Philadelphia district emerges as a strategic catalyst to the regeneration of the wider area.

Site Area

1.2 ha


  • Community Engagement
  • Development Feasibility
  • Economics
  • Green Roof
  • Guidelines
  • Heritage
  • Land Use and Spatial Studies
  • Landscape Master Plan
  • Open Space
  • Park
  • Public Domain Strategy
  • Public Realm Planning and Design
  • Regeneration
  • Shared Streets
  • Site Massing Studies
  • Urban Design Framework
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design [WSUD]


  • Local Agenda