Sheffield Hallam University revamp plans receive official backing

Hallam University Collegiate Crescent development
Hallam University Collegiate Crescent development
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AMBITIOUS plans to overhaul Sheffield Hallam University’s Collegiate Campus at a cost of £25 million are set to be approved.

Sheffield Council planning officers have recommended that the authority’s city centre, south and east planning board pass the proposals at a meeting on Monday.

The development, set to be completed by autumn 2014, will replace the current Heart of the Campus centre with a new café, glazed atrium, lecture theatre, study areas and social spaces.

The replacement three-storey building will be 7,200 square metres in size and will be used mainly by the university’s faculties of Development and Society and Health and Wellbeing.

Mark Swales, Hallam University’s director of estates and facilities, said: “The development will be innovative, allowing students, staff and the local community to better enjoy the picturesque campus.”

The project also involves refurbishment of existing buildings and initial work will begin this autumn, with the demolition of the Heart of the Campus, Marshall Hall and Yorkon buildings.

Although the Heart of the Campus building is less than 10 years old, Marshall Hall is a 1960s tower block, and planning officials say its demolition would create a ‘significant benefit’ to the neighbourhood.

One objection has been received, from the Broomgrove Trust. It says that, while it has ‘no problems’ with the new buildings, the proposed reduction in on-site parking will ‘put an even greater strain’ on parking in Broomgrove Road.

At the same planning committee meeting, councillors are also set to approve plans to build housing on another Hallam University site, the former Bluecotes School on Psalter Lane.

Planning officials said in documentation that they considered the proposals for 40 houses as well as apartments to represent a ‘good quality scheme of traditional design’.

If the plans are agreed, Sheffield Hallam University would also have to give £1m to Sheffield Council, to create affordable housing. Eight residents have commented, ‘generally welcoming’ the scheme.