We recently produced an article detailing news of a £20 million revamp for one of the University of Sheffield’s historic building, but now their rival university, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) has gone one better.
Sheffield Hallam University is to undergo a £25 million redevelopment at its Collegiate Campus, which is located just outside of Sheffield city centre, in a bid to become one of the top 50 universities in the country. The redevelopment of the commercial property will see the current heart of the campus completely transformed into a three storey building with a new atrium, café facilities and lecture theatres, along with study spaces and social areas for students.
Speaking of the goal to be one of the top 50 universities in the UK, Mark Swales, Director of Estates and Facilities at SHU, said: “The University is committed to becoming a top 50 University by 2015 and our campus is a key part of this.
“This redevelopment will give our students better facilities and timetabled space. It will provide better space for student support services, learning support and the students union, along with improved accommodation and services for staff.”
The three storey commercial property will be around 7,200 sq m and will be mainly used by staff and students from the faculties of Health and Wellbeing and Development and Society.
“It is important that we invest in the future of Sheffield Hallam University and its staff and students, and that we stand by our commitment to remaining a two campus university.
“We are working closely with the planners to ensure the new development at Collegiate Campus will be innovative, allowing students, staff and the local community to better enjoy the environment and heritage of the picturesque campus,” Mark added.
During construction of the commercial property, the developers, HLM Architects will use a Building Information Model (BIM) which is designed to speed up the construction process as well as reduce waste. Due to this process, the building is due to open in autumn 2014.
Speaking of the development process, Nick Beecroft, Director of HLM, stated: “The building will respond to the conservation area setting in which the campus is based, and consists of a series of pavilions around a central atrium space that looks out onto the landscaped setting.
As a leading sustainable architect, we are delighted to have seen the designs develop into a truly green and sustainable building for the future.”
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