Plans to develop Sheffield Hallam University’s city campus, providing a key gateway to the city centre, have been approved.
The first phase of the campus plan, to build three new buildings around a public university green, was given the go ahead by Sheffield City Council planners on 19 October.
The new buildings are planned on the site of the recently demolished Science Park and adjoining car park, adjacent to Howard Street and leading up from Sheffield railway station.
A new university green public space will provide a green heart for the campus. This will see new trees planted, more than 400 sqm of new greenery and spaces for up to 150 people to sit and relax.
Designs include the latest technology and measures to make the new buildings zero carbon ready. They include the use of sustainable energy solutions such as heat pumps, maximising the use of photovoltaic panels and provisions to support and promote sustainable travel.
Construction is due to begin in early 2022 and complete in the second half of 2023. The development is the first phase of wider plans to improve the city centre campus.
North region chair Sue Emms, said: “It was so important that the first application for blocks A-D were approved by the city council and we are so happy that it has been. It is a wonderful recognition of the hard work that has gone into designing an ambitious, high quality and sustainable place for the university and the city.
“As part of the Sheffield Hallam Alliance, we will continue to reinforce and design human-centred places that provide meaningful space for civic engagement, collective congregation and social interactions at all levels, ensuring this is a campus that benefits students, staff and all of Sheffield’s citizens.”
Richard Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We’re delighted that the council has approved the first phase of our campus plan. This development will play a major part in delivering on our ambitions as a university, including our contribution to the city and region as set out in our recently launched Civic University Agreement.
“These new facilities are designed to deliver significant benefits for our students, and to make Sheffield Hallam an even more attractive place to study and work, whilst also enhancing a key gateway to Sheffield city centre.”
Delivering phase one of the campus masterplan, significantly improving part of Sheffield city centre, is one of the university’s key commitments in its new Civic University Agreement.
The campus plans have been developed alongside a number of key partners as part of the collaborative Hallam Alliance. The first of its kind in the UK for a university building programme, the Alliance involves all design, construction and facilities management partners working collaboratively with the client through all stages of design, construction and operation.
Other members of the Alliance include Sheffield Hallam University, ARUP, BAM and CBRE.