Ten year Sheffield University masterplan unveiled

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A ten year masterplan to create a greener campus linked more closely to the city centre has been unveiled by Sheffield University today.

Far reaching proposals include making the busy Western Bank running through the heart of the campus one way, changing major bus routes and making some streets pedestrian only.

The result according to the plans will be a greener university better integrated with the rest of the city.

A new sports complex to replace the present Goodwin Centre on Northumberland Road is proposed, along with a science facility and a new social sciences centre.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “Developing an estate which allows us to provide world-class teaching and learning facilities for our students and staff is certainly a major priority.

“But so too is the desire to be firmly part of our city and to create a safe and welcoming environment which encourages people from all walks of life to see it as their university.

“We’ll also invest in transport and travel networks so that everyone using our campus can enjoy a better, safer and healthier experience.”

The masterplan has been developed in conjunction with the city council.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “The plan reflects the council’s vision for an attractive, well-connected and walkable city which is easy to get around using all modes of transport.

“We know that local people have strong views about how they want their city to be developed, and this is their chance to shape the Sheffield of the future.”

A number of landmarks in and around the campus which also will be affected include the Arts Tower, St George’s Church and Leavygreave Road.