Three new buildings for teaching and learning are planned on the site of the recently demolished Science Park and adjoining car park, adjacent to Howard Street leading up from Sheffield Train Station.
A new ‘university green’ public space is also proposed, providing a green heart for the campus. This will see new trees planted, and more than 400 square meters of new greenery planted and spaces for up to 150 people to sit and relax.
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.
The predominantly brick buildings will preserve and enhance the character of the surrounding Cultural Industries Quarter, which is home to several historic buildings from Sheffield’s industrial heritage.
Images and a fly-through video have been released as part of a public consultation, which will gather feedback that informs a forthcoming planning application. People can see the images and take part in the consultation by visiting the online portal.
If planning permission is granted, construction could begin in early 2022 and be completed in the second half of 2023. The development is the first phase of wider plans to improve the city centre campus.
Richard Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Operations) at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “These new facilities are designed to deliver significant benefits for our students and make Sheffield Hallam an even more attractive place to study and work, whilst also enhancing a key gateway to Sheffield City Centre.
“The space is designed to preserve the character of the surrounding area and a focus on environmental sustainability means the new buildings will be zero carbon ready - a key ambition for the university.
“This development will play a major part in delivering on our ambitions as a university, including our contribution to the city and region. We look forward to engaging with our wider community through this consultation.”
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).