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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, 3 Solly Street, Sir Frederick Mappin Building and Central Block

Timescale: January 2016 – Winter 2019/2020

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:

Latest news

Moving staff into the Heartspace building

Staff will begin moving into the building from January 2020 with department and laboratory moves completed by May 2020 TBC.

The faculty team, EFM and designated Reoccupation Champions from each department are working together on a detailed reoccupation plan and, within the next few weeks, you will have an opportunity to examine in more detail what the move means for you. This will include online information and local drop-in sessions.

If you have any immediate concerns or questions, please do get in touch with your local Reoccupation Champion:

Mechanical Engineering - Phillip Pickstock and Kimberley Matthews
Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Lee Shunburne and Luke Marsden
Interdisciplinary Engineering - Wendy Pearce and Harm Askes
Faculty Central Services - Jane Lines and Mark Wagner

Mappin Street closed from 20-27 January 2020

Mappin Street is closed between these dates for the removal of the Interserve cabins. This restricts access to Mappin Street car park from Broad Lane.

Portobello Street closed from 4 January - 1 March 2020

A section of Portobello Street will be closed to vehicles from Saturday 4 January until Sunday 1 March 2020. This is due to a number of construction projects in this area and road resurfacing by Amey on behalf of Sheffield City Council.

Construction vehicles from all sites will be accessing Portobello Street from Mappin St to the Amy Johnson Building. Delivery access to Abney Street will be maintained via the same route.

Portobello Street will be closed from the junction of Mappin Street to Rockingham Street in sections but pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be able to use the footpath.

Contractor's newsletter

Issue 6 (April 2019)

Issue 5 (September 2018)

Issue 4 (August 2018)

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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