History of The Diamond

The Diamond - at £81 million the University of Sheffield’s largest ever investment in teaching and learning – opened its doors to students and staff on September 28th 2015.

Construction began on site in 2013 and the project was delivered on time and to budget.

The stunning new building has already created a fantastic place for modern interdisciplinary teaching, generating interest from all over the world. It won the Design through Innovation award in the 2016 Yorkshire and Humber Region Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards, and was also shortlisted for the Yorkshire awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Diamond at night

The Diamond is the single largest academic project the University has undertaken, and is a truly unique and inspiring facility.

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management.

Exterior

The Diamond has an aluminium diamond shaped facade exterior, with galvanised steel sheets and glass; all of which have been recycled.  It has been designed as a “smart” building allowing detailed control of energy management, and includes a central naturally ventilated atrium and rainwater harvesting.

Interior

Inside, the six-storey Diamond boasts specialist teaching facilities including a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library and IT services, and space for informal study including a cafe. The computing area offers 1,000 study spaces available 24/7 for all students and staff across the University. There are also digital and print facilities, media editing booths, a recording studio and computer teaching laboratories. The building’s 19 laboratories offer students more practical learning opportunities with a chemical engineering pilot plant, a clean room, an aerospace simulation lab and a virtual reality suite.