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Project overview

Heartspace 2018 2 smallThe 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 links 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.

The Engineering Heartspace will create a dynamic social and research collaboration space between the two oldest buildings in the University estate.

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Project details

Project Manager: Helen Lally, Department of Estates and Facilities Management

Contact: [email] [tel] 0114 222 9022

Client: Faculty of Engineering

Location: George Porter, Velocity, Sir Frederick Mappin Building and Central Block

Timescale: January 2016 – Summer 2019

Effect on users


During the construction period, you won’t be able to access the Mappin Building – if you need to get to Broad Lane or the Pam Liversidge Building you will need to enter via a new entrance/reception area that has been created in the Pam Liversidge Building. This entrance will be open between the hours of 8am and 6pm and can be found on Newcastle Street. These buildings can also still be accessed via The Sir Robert Hadfield Building.

Enabling works

Access to Engineering facilities during the Engineering Heartspace enabling works took place between 2016-2017. You can view a map of the Mappin area to show entrances during the programme here:


A portion of Mappin Street (from Broad Lane to Portobello) will be closed from 25 June to late February 2019. This is to accommodate installation of the Heartspace roof.

Latest news

Mappin Street reopened from Wednesday 24 April 2019

Mappin Street is now fully open to vehicles and pedestrians. We will keep you informed of more brief closures later in the year to remove the tower crane and site cabins from the site.

For further information about the Heartspace project, please contact project manager Helen Lally if you have any questions:

Contractor's newsletter

Issue 6 (April 2019)

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Issue 3 (June 2018)

Issue 2 (February 2018)

Issue 1 (November 2017)

Our contractor for this job has created four construction apprenticeships through this project and 65 per cent of its orders have been with local suppliers. 

Images and fly-through video

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Contact us

Project enquiries: Project Manager Helen Lally, / 0114 222 9022

General enquiries: The EFM Help Desk will put you in touch with the right person, / 0114 222 9000

Progress photos

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