Our Projects Estates Development

The team in Estates Development, part of the department of Estates & Facilities Management, is responsible for the strategic planning, development and management of the University’s lands and buildings on the Sheffield campus. This comprises over 430 buildings which are used for teaching, research and administration occupying nearly 500,000 square metres.

We strive to continuously improve our estate and environment to ensure that we deliver an excellent campus where our students and staff can excel. Estates Development projects range from new builds and major refurbishments to smaller re-fit works and redecorations.

Our vision - the Campus Masterplan

As the University continues to grow, both in terms of reputation and in student and staff numbers, there's an increasing need to expand and improve the quality of our buildings and the surrounding campus. The Campus Masterplan is our vision for the next decade, building on the progress we've made so far.

It will help us create the best possible environment for all our students and staff and make better links with local communities and the wider city.

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Current projects

Interior of Social Sciences buildingSocial Sciences Building
Designed by award-winning Sheffield based architects HLM, the state-of-the-art home for the University’s Faculty of Social Sciences will improve learning for students through its new collaborative teaching and social spaces and offer a wide range of disciplines under the same roof for the first time.

It will also include a research hub, bringing together cross-cutting research centres in an innovative working environment to encourage truly interdisciplinary research that will lead the way in addressing key societal and global challenges.

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Engineering Heartspace smallEngineering Heartspace

The Engineering Heartspace Project is the creation of a quadruple height atrium between the Grade II listed Sir Frederick Mappin Building and the 1885 Central Wing housing new laboratories, offices and social space and the complete refurbishment of both buildings.

The atrium will be housed under an impressive curved glass roof that will link the two buildings. An alternative entrance to both the Mappin and Central Block buildings will be created from Portobello Street. The project is designed to aid communication and collaboration.

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MRI-PET SheffieldMRI-PET scanner

The University of Sheffield has raised £2 million to establish a ground-breaking MRI-PET facility. MRI-PET will transform our understanding of serious diseases and the way we treat them in the future. This will be a vital investment in the health of people in this region, across the UK and beyond.

The scanner will be in a purpose-built facility which we are building attached to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, close to the inpatient entrance and the University’s Medical School, offering easy access for patients, clinicians and researchers.

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New Energy Centre thumbnailThe Transformer

The Transformer is an important addition to the University. It will provide an uninterrupted power supply to research experiments and ensure business continuity to the west of campus. The building is designed to enhance the Arts Tower setting.

This new energy centre will have the capacity to supply power and heat to a number of key University buildings. It will also save 15 tonnes of carbon per year and lower the cost of heat and electricity for the University.

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Royce Discovery Centre SheffieldRoyce Discovery Centre

The Royce Discovery Centre will be an innovative new, research-focused building for the Faculty of Engineering.

As a major partner of The Henry Royce Institute, the University of Sheffield has been awarded £34million to fund the commercialisation of fundamental research into advanced metals processing. This is one of two facilities built for this purpose, the first being the Royce Translational Centre.

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Hendersons - smallHenderson's

17 local firms threw their hats in the ring when the call for entries first went out and the strongest four contenders were invited to submit their ideas for transforming this Sheffield landmark at the heart of the University’s city campus.

Mrs Pamela Freeman, Managing Director of Henderson’s, said she and everyone else involved with the company were really excited to see the plans developing.

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Recently completed projects

Concourse refurbishment

This key thoroughfare which passes under the A57 has been refurbished as a a flexible civic space with new paving, seating, and opportunities for socialising. Find out more

Norton Sports Centre

We have further developing our sports centre at Norton to incorporate two new artificial pitches – one for hockey and one for rugby/football. Both high quality pitches have spectator seating and new changing facilities. Click here to find out more.

Northumberland Road teaching accommodation

The University's Management School has been very successful in attracting high numbers of applications for its courses; we have provided additional temporary teaching accommodation until the new Social Sciences building is opened in 2021. Click here to find out more.

Cycle Hub

To meet the needs of our cycling community, we have built a central Cycle Hub close to the Students' Union building including facilities such as secure storage for 168 cycles, lockers, changing rooms and showers. Click here to find out more.

Jonas Court

We fully refurbished Jonas Court to form a beautiful hotel, managed by the same team who run Halifax Hall Hotel. They offer flexible accommodation - click here to see the completed building.

38 Mappin Street

Estates Development refurbished 38 Mappin Street to provide small study rooms, seminar rooms and large workroom teaching spaces which are able to cater for cohort teaching and have the flexibility to serve as exam space when required.

Public Realm - Leavygreave and Portobello

The ongoing public realm project has evolved from the Campus Masterplan. We recently completed Phase 1 work with our partners - click here to find out more.

Past projects

Information Commons refurbishment

In response to student feedback, we refreshed the Information Commons over summer 2016. Click here to find out more.

Teaching spaces refurbishment

We keep our excellent teaching spaces in the best condition to make the learning experience at the University as beneficial to students, staff and visitors as possible.

Factory 2050

This state-of-the-art research factory meets the future needs of aerospace and other high-value manufacturing industries. Click here to read about its top industry design award.

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing is a world-class centre for innovative research focusing on advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. All research is led by industrial partners, ensuring that work provides lasting value. Click here to read more.

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