Shiregreen Streetscene

Sanctuary Group

The Streetscene project was a £13 million green regeneration scheme funded by Sanctuary, which has transformed nearly 15 miles of pavements, verges and public open spaces on the Shiregreen estate.


Shiregreen is a housing estate located on the edge of Sheffield in a leafy hilltop location and comprising approximately 5,000 properties. Around half are owned by Sanctuary, with the remainder being privately occupied.

The project forms part of a larger £99 million regeneration scheme of Shiregreen by Sanctuary, which includes improvements to 2,300 homes such as the installation of double-glazing, water efficient fittings, insulation and energy saving boilers.  

Project specifications

The Streetscene project involved:      

  • Replacing more than 400 large, ageing or diseased trees with 500 smaller, more suitable varieties
  • Creating a wildflower meadow and hilly lawn area
  • Creating parking areas with green tarmac for a softer look 
  • Protecting grass verges by installing 3,300 green oak bollards
  • Laying down 100,000 square metres of attractive pathways
  • Installing 1,100 new street lights
  • Decorating 78 original 1930s lampposts using ideas suggested by the community
  • Putting in new plants to create attractive borders throughout the estate
  • Overhauling alleyways to improve a sense of safety  

Residents' involvement

For each of the 32 areas of green space which were improved, Sanctuary held extensive community consultations to ensure that local people were placed at the forefront of the project. Local community artists, rednile, ran a series of innovative community events, consultations and art projects which were designed to get everyone’s input. These have involved local school children, the scouts, residents and the wider community. Projects have included ‘Steeling Skies’, which invited residents to take photographs of their surroundings which were painted onto old lampposts from the area which have been retained as art features.

Project benefits

  • Putting the local community at the heart of decisions affecting the spaces they live in
  • Improving green spaces
  • Creating an attractive place to live
  • Bringing residents together
  • Empowering local people

The project has also attracted funding from NESTA (with support from the Big Lottery) as part of its Neighbourhood Challenge programme. Shiregreen is one of just 16 areas across the country which has been chosen to take part in the Challenge which is designed to show how people, when equipped with the right skills and financial support, can work together to devise new and imaginative ways of tackling pressing social needs.

“If you make any more improvements they’ll be a charge for walking up this street!”

A Resident