Construction of the new buildings around a public green space got underway at the start of the year as part of plans to transform a key gateway to Sheffield City Centre. The development will deliver state-of-the-art facilities for students and staff, as well as enhancing a major gateway to Sheffield City Centre and creating a vibrant site for the wider community to share.
The buildings, which will sit on the site of the former Science Park on Howard Street, have been named Rivelin, Loxley and Porter, reflecting the importance of Sheffield rivers to the success of the city.
The Rivelin Building will be a home for the College of Social Sciences and Arts, incorporating space for subject groups as diverse as architecture and psychology as well as providing a city-centre site for SHU Law - the University’s not for profit teaching law firm.
Loxley will contain the Institute of Technology as well as being a food venue, including a café and fresh food market. There will also be a casual dining restaurant with teaching rooms on the ground floor.
Porter will house the Sheffield Business School with a business lounge and state-of-the-art trading floor, providing students with practical experience of working on a real trading floor.
It will also include a languages hub and be home to the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.
The buildings will sit around Hallam Green, a new green public space at the heart of the campus. This will provide more than 400 square meters of new greenery and spaces for up to 150 people to sit and relax.
The University has invested significantly in biodiversity as part of the development with green roofs and roof terraces, and green corridors, an integral part of the plans.
Designs include the latest technology and measures to make the new buildings zero carbon ready. They include the use of sustainable energy solutions such as heat pumps, maximising the use of photo voltaic panels and provisions to support and promote sustainable travel.
Sheffield Hallam University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Richard Calvert said: “Delivering this first phase of the campus plan represents a significant investment in our University and our city, and is one of the key commitments in Sheffield Hallam’s Civic University Agreement. We’re committed to delivering outstanding facilities for the university, modelling zero carbon ready construction, and to working with local partners and to ensure that we maximise the benefits for Sheffield and the wider region.”
Campus plans are being developed by a number of key partners as part of collaborative ‘Hallam Alliance’. The first of its kind in the UK for a university building programme, the Alliance involves all design, construction and facilities management partners working collaboratively with the client through all stages of design, construction and operation.
Members of the Alliance include Sheffield Hallam University, BDP ARUP (Design), BAM (Construction) and CBRE (Facilities Management).
The first phase of the development is due to be completed in Spring 2024.