Currently under construction by Balfour Beatty Construction is a £81 million new undergraduate Engineering Building for The University of Sheffield. The design was initiated by members of Twelve Architects when they worked for a previous firm and Twelve Architects have continued with the commission. This is a major investment by the University in the field of engineering and will provide a radially modern building adjacent to historic buildings at the university campus. The planning application was controversial and had some opposition because it involved demolition of the Edwardian extension to the former Jessop Hospital, a listed building.
The University’s brief is “to equip our 1st and 2nd year students with the fundamental experimental skills and technical competencies that feed in to their 3rd and 4th year learning and research/ industry led projects to develop academic and technical skills that industry is seeking from top graduates.” and will enable the university to recruit an additional 1600 engineering students.”
This major new building will provide around 19,500 sq m of accommodation for the University’s Faculty of Engineering and is the largest single building investment that the University has undertaken in recent times; indeed it is probably one of the largest investments being made by any university in engineering research and teaching in the UK. The design seeks to create an environment to support new ways of teaching and learning and includes specialist engineering laboratories, lecture theatres, large flexible teaching spaces and formal and informal learning environments to promote social and collaborative working and multi-disciplinary learning. It will include around 5000 student study spaces.
The building will be completed for the 2015/16 academic year. The bold external facade will be constructed of anodised aluminum, with a triple glazed curtain walling. Sustainability features include solar and rain water harvesting and a naturally ventilated central atrium.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to work with Matt Cartwright & Twelve Architects to realise this unique project in partnership with Balfour Beatty. The New Engineering Building is a critical development for the university, forming the centrepiece of our development plans over the next decade.”
Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, The University of Sheffield