University opens new £81m new Diamond building

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The University of Sheffield has opened the doors of a sparkling new building to its students.

The Diamond – so called because of its exterior appearance – is the new home of engineering for undergraduate students.

The £81m facility, on Broad Lane, boasts 19 laboratories, a chemical engineering pilot plant, a clean room, an aerospace simulation lab and a virtual reality suite.

There are also lecture theatres, seminar rooms, library and IT services anda cafe.

Prof Mike Hounslow, Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering described the building as ‘world class’.

He said: “We believe the Diamond will offer the best multidisciplinary engineering teaching space in the UK, it is truly a world class university building.”

The Diamond took two years to complete and has created 400 permanent new jobs within the University.

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management at the University, said: “The building will add to our world-class estate, providing our students with world-class facilities.

“The Diamond has been designed as a “smart” building allowing detailed control of energy management, and includes a central naturally ventilated atrium and rainwater harvesting. The building has been delivered on time and in budget.”