Construction of the new buildings around a public green space began earlier this year as part of plans to transform a key gateway to Sheffield city centre. The development will provide state-of-the-art facilities for students and staff and create a vibrant place for the wider community to share.
The buildings, which will be erected on the site of the former Howard Street Science Park, will be named Rivelin, Loxley and Porter, reflecting the importance of Sheffield’s rivers to the city’s success.
The Rivelin building will be a home for the College of Social Sciences and Arts, which will accommodate disciplines as diverse as architecture and psychology, and provide a city center location for SHU Law – the university’s non-profit teaching office.
Loxley will house the Institute of Technology and will be a food venue, including a cafe and fresh food market. There will also be a casual dining restaurant with classrooms on the ground floor.
Porter will house Sheffield Business School with a business lounge and a state-of-the-art trading floor, giving students hands-on experience of working on a real trading floor. It will also include a language center and house the Center for Regional Economic and Social Research.
The buildings will be arranged around Hallam Green, a new public green space at the heart of the campus. This creates new green areas on more than 400 square meters and space for up to 150 people to sit and relax.
The university has invested heavily in biodiversity as part of the development with green roofs and rooftop terraces and green corridors being an integral part of the plans.
The designs incorporate the latest technology and measures to make the new buildings carbon-free. This includes using sustainable energy solutions such as heat pumps, maximizing the use of photovoltaic panels and taking action to support and promote sustainable travel.
Sheffield Hallam University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Richard Calvert said: “The implementation of this first phase of the campus plan represents a significant investment in our university and our city and is one of the key commitments in the Sheffield Hallam Civic University Agreement.
“We are committed to providing excellent facilities for the university, modeling zero-carbon designs, working with local partners and ensuring we maximize the benefits for Sheffield and the wider region.”
Through Markus Adair – Correspondent, Bdaily
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