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University unveils plans for £30m new development

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Issued:14/02/13

Plans for a £30million new Sheffield Hallam University building in the city centre have now been submitted to the Council for planning permission.

If approved, the new building will be situated on the corner of Charles Street and Arundel Gate.  It will provide a home for parts of the University's Faculty of Development and Society and will house the Sheffield Institute of Education - which brings together the University's teacher education provision and education research.

The building will be seven storeys high in places, with several outside terraced areas. A special 'Toast Rack' bridge based on David Mellor's classic design will connect it to the University's Arundel Building.

The innovative design of the building also includes a central walkway through Brown Lane (an existing road on the site) which will be fully enclosed by a glass atrium.  The walkway will be open to the public.

The development includes a 300+ seat lecture theatre, teaching rooms, learning spaces, staff spaces, cafe and reception.

Mark Swales, the University's Director of Estates and Facilities said: "This is part of a £100 million investment in our estate over three years. It's pivotal to improving the student experience at Sheffield Hallam and is a significant development in the heart of the city centre.

"We have worked closely with Bond Bryan architects and planners to produce a design which incorporates the heritage of the local area, but also reflects the forward thinking values of the University."

The new plans take into account some revisions to the design of the building after planning permission was initially approved in 2010. 

Arundel Gate view of Charles Street development
Brown Lane view of atrium and walkway
Rear view with
Charles Street development roof pod
Rear view of Charles Street development

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After taking some time to reconsider the development and how it would be used, the University is now hopeful that revised plans will be approved by the Council, in order for work to begin on the development later this year.  Completion is expected in 2015.

The University held a drop-in session on 30 January, in which local residents were able to take a look at the plans and raise questions with the architects, Bond Bryan.

The Charles Street development is part of the University's wider strategy to continuously improve and develop its facilities, in order to provide the highest quality learning environments for its students.

 

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