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Sheffield University reveals development plans

Published: Saturday, 22 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Proposals for a £10 million project to link together two of Sheffield University’s oldest buildings are gathering pace.

It forms part of the university’s efforts to revamp its engineering faculty in a bid to make it even more appealing to prospective students.

The plan – known as the Heartspace scheme – will see the Grade II listed Mappin Building, on Mappin Street, linked with the 1855 Central Wing.

The proposals include the creation of a four-storey atrium, which will house laboratories, offices and a café.

It will also include an area to be used as a “collaboration space” by both students and staff from the university’s various departments.

Should all go to plan, it is hoped that the Heartspace will help boost the university’s research output, while encouraging students to think more creatively.

A new entrance from Portobello Street will provide access to the area, which will also be capable of handling increased student numbers – a key factor as the university is constantly looking for opportunities to expand.

Both the Central Wing and the Mappin Building will undergo an extensive refurbishment as part of the new plans, which have now been submitted to Sheffield Council.

Architects Bond Bryan developed the proposals and stated that the site contained “some of the university’s oldest buildings, and some in the poorest condition”.

They also said that the existing infrastructure would need to be replaced, as it is “inefficient and outdated” while the new building should help to attract “the world’s best researchers and engineers”.

Should approval for the plans be granted then construction could begin in 2017, with a completion date due at some point during the year after.

The University’s £81 million Diamond building is also ready to open its doors to students, while a set of road improvement works around the campus have also been approved.

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