Sheffield University ‘Heartspace’ campus plans agreed

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Work on a new phase of a Sheffield University campus is to start next year after plans were approved.

The Engineering Heartspace project will house laboratories, offices, workspaces and a cafe under a ‘dramatic undulating glass roof structure.’

The four-storey atrium is part of the St George’s Campus and will be inserted between the Mappin Building on Mappin Street in the city centre and the Central Wing.

A connection to Portobello Street is to provide an additional destination on the pedestrian route that links a range of campus facilities including the Students’ Union, the Information Commons (Learning Centre) and the University’s tram stop.

Matt Hutton, associate director of architects Bond Bryan and the project’s concept designer said: “We believe that the honesty, of having a highly-engineered roof adjacent to the historic brick walls and slate roofs of the existing buildings, is about celebrating the engineering of both the past and the present, inviting the building user to look at both in more detail.

Construction will begin in 2017, and the aim is for it to be completed by 2018, after proposals were agreed by Sheffield Council.