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Project overview

New Energy Centre night smallThe New Energy Centre 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.

The New Energy Centre will have the capacity to supply power and heat to a number of key University buildings. The engine we're using predicts a reduction of 841 tonnes of carbon per year and it will lower the cost of heat and electricity for the University.

The architects, Sheffield-based firm HLM, have created a bold design using materials to complement its setting, including Corten on the exterior walls. It received planning permission in May 2018 and we expect to start on site in September 2018.


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Project details

Project manager: Emel Kus-Senior

Contact: [email] e.kus-senior@sheffield.ac.uk [tel] 0114 222 9003

Architects: HLM Architects

Timescale: September 2018 - February 2020

Latest news
  • 18/12/18: We have appointed a main contractor, Vital Energi. They will start on site on 7 January 2019.
  • Planning permission received on 22 May 2018.
  • In early 2018, we demolished the lecture theatre attached to Dainton building.
FAQs
What is the planned duration of the project?

We expect to start on site in September 2018 and complete in February 2020.

What work is taking place?

We have demolished a lecture theatre attached to the Dainton Building and will soon begin construction of the New Energy Centre.

How will this affect my journeys around campus?

The New Energy Centre will need to connect with 14 other plant rooms around campus so, as well as the construction of the building, campus will be affected by the digging of trenches to accommodate these connections. When confirmed, we will update the ‘Latest News’ page with a programme of works.

How will I benefit from this project?

All staff and students in the University will benefit from improved business resilience, and a reliable power supply to ensure our research projects are not interrupted.

How will this project affect people who are living and working nearby?

Residents and people working nearby will hear noise from the construction site. Noisy work such as breaking concrete should be completed in July-September 2018. We hope that noise will be minimised during the construction period by many of the units being put together off-site and brought in.

Once the New Energy Centre is up and running, noise should be minimal. The design has focused heavily on attenuation of sound made by fans and the plant equipment.

Why does the University need this supply?

Resilience. A reliable and continuous energy supply is critical to maintaining our research environment.

Will the energy centre contribute to any academic research?

We have agreed that the Department of Chemistry can attach sensors to some of the flues, measuring pollutants.

Will you be landscaping the area with any greenery?

The University’s landscape team is investigating opportunities for adding plants to the area.

Designs

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Contact us

Project enquiries: Project Manager Emel Kus-Senior, e.kus-senior@sheffield.ac.uk / 0114 222 9003

General enquiries: The EFM Help Desk will put you in touch with the right person, efmhelpdesk@sheffield.ac.uk / 0114 222 9000