Property Week Winner 2020 Developer of the Year

Monthly Review: End Of Year Wrap

As we finally say goodbye to the year that was 2020. We take a look back on our highlights that we have achieved during this difficult year.

The launch of our Park Hill Font –  The unique font celebrates Park Hill in all its glory; The public has the choice of two versions; Park Hill Regular and Park Hill Hardcore. Both of these have been inspired by the typographic form Park Hill creates and the iconic brutalist structure. Download it here.


Park Hill Regular Font

Pablo Fanque House student accommodation scheme in Norwich won an award in this year’s International Design Awards. The only UK based project from over 1000 entries world-  wide in the Architecture Residential Building Category.

Pablo Fanque House

Our Topping Out ceremony at Benedicts Gate, Norwich. Benedicts Gate is our third development in Norwich, following All Saints Green and award winning Pablo Fanque House.

Topping Out Ceremony

Norwich local and Poetry Society member, Jenny Pagden winning our Benedict Gate’s poetry competition. The poem will be on permanent display and will be incorporated into 12 specially designed panels showcasing the entrance of the building, creating a striking arts feature for residents and the general public to enjoy.

David Campbell and Jenny Pagdin

We launched our photography competition in March in conjunction with our student scheme at Park Hill, Sheffield

Free Photography Competition

Our student accommodation scheme,  Aspire Point in Stratford won a National Civic Trust Award.

MJP Announcement

Planning permission was granted for our scheme in Bermondsey. This will be our 4th development in Southwark which will provide student accommodation for 143 people with facilities including a basement cinema lounge, study room and community area and contribute to the vibrancy  of this diverse  neighbourhood.

CGI of Bermondsey Scheme

We release the digital layout of Jenny Pagden’s poem that is etched onto our new student accommodation in Norwich.

Digital Layout of Poem

Construction started on our new scheme in Brighton, Falmer Cottages. The new four-storey Falmer Cottages student residence is being built in association with the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM), Europe’s largest and leading provider of music education, which counts James Bay and George Ezra among its alumni.

Falmer Cottages CGI

The end of July saw us celebrate the on-line premier of Martin Gray’s short film “We Were Never Derelict”.  Park Hill itself is well documented but this is the first film for some years and it includes real stories of real people that is full of heart and of Sheffield character. View the full film here.

Park Hill

Our Manchester scheme was granted planning permission to build a nine-storey high-quality student residence near the Mancunian Way on a site currently occupied by the Church Inn public house. The project will consist of 62 studio apartments, along with a communal area, rooftop terrace, office and storage space for 12 bikes.

Church Inn, Manchester

Benedicts Gate in Norwich, our third student accommodation in the area opened it’s doors to students in September.

Benedicts Gate, Norwich

Beton House, Park Hill in Sheffield also opened it’s doors to Students in September.

Beton House

In October, we announced the winner and runners up of our Park Hill student photography competition. Our competition winner was Evie Scarborough with her photo series focusing on health. And our three runners-up were, Harriet Massey with her series ‘Home of the Sport’, Edward Paxton and his series ‘Ollie’s’ and Ellie Bell with her series ‘Full English’. View all the finalists here

Martin Gray created this bespoke artwork for the gym at Beton House. He has used archive images of legendary Sheffield bands including Pulp and Heaven 17.

Martin Gray bespoke piece of artwork

We unveiled a beautiful sculpture, entitled The Architect. Created by celebrated sculptor Joseph Hillier, it complements the poem featured on the striking poetry wall built near the entrance to Benedicts Gate.

The Architect by Joseph Hillier

Alumno and Whittam Cox celebrated the completion of Béton House ( – a unique student living offering in Sheffield city centre. Béton House is the third phase of the redevelopment of Park Hill and provides accommodation for 356 students which includes townhouses and a number of 2- and 4-bedroom apartments, and studios.

Photo by Jack Hobhouse

We were given the green light for our Leeds project by Leeds City Council to build a mixed-use six and seven-storey building that will provide accommodation for the city’s growing student population, together with studios to support emerging local artists.

Whitelock, Leeds

Our office manager Rebecca and her dog Winnie walked 5km to raise money for the charity Shelter. They managed to raise nearly 300 pounds. Well done to both!

Winnie walked 5km to raise much needed funds for Shelter

Alumno and Carson & Partners celebrated the completion and moving in of students at Benedicts Gate – a unique student living offering in Norwich. Benedicts Gate is our third student accommodation in Norwich following All Saints Green and Pablo Fanque House.

Photo by Matt Clayton

Our friends from the Norfolk & Norwich Festival announced that they will return next May between Friday 14th and Sunday 30th for their 249th edition.

NNFest 2021

It’s great to see our new scheme Beton House featuring in Dezeen Magazine. Béton House is the third phase of the redevelopment of Park Hill and provides accommodation for 356 students which includes townhouses and a number of 2- and 4-bedroom apartments, and studios.

Beton House, Park Hill

And finally, our top highlight was winning Developer of the Year at this years Property Week Student Accommodation Awards with our scheme Beton House at Park Hill, Sheffield!


Merry Christmas everyone from the Team at Alumno! See you in the New Year.