SHEFFIELD University is set to invest £21 million in the first phase of a project designed to give engineering students world class labs and teaching areas.
Stage one of the process will see the construction of a new engineering graduate school at the corner of Broad Lane and Newcastle Street, close to the city centre.
Work will begin in November and is expected to be completed by August 2013.
The school will become the centre of the faculty’s postgraduate research and teaching activities, and will create more places for graduates.
The university’s Faculty of Engineering with 3,000 students and 800 staff is one of the largest and most highly rated in the UK and has a global reputation for excellence.
In addition to new purpose-built buildings, the university will create state-of-the-art lecture theatres, teaching labs and flexible teaching spaces.
The faculty has a long tradition of working with industry including Rolls-Royce, Network Rail and Siemens.
Its industrial successes are exemplified by the award-winning Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing and new £25 million Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
The new institute although independent will also be a centre for research, teaching and learning within the academic structure of the university.
Pro vice-chancellor Professor Mike Hounslow said: “The city and the University of Sheffield have a world-wide reputation for quality in engineering.
“I am delighted we can make these investments now to build on that reputation, offer even better facilities and teaching to our students and make an impact on the UK and regional economy.”