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.
Social 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.
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.
To meet the needs of our ever-growing cycling community for both students and staff, we will be providing a new central cycle hub close to the Students' Union building, which will include facilities such as secure storage for around 160 cycles, lockers changing rooms and showers.
Norton Sports Centre
We are further developing the 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.
The hockey pitch will be developed to national competition standard, providing an excellent resource for our own students and the clubs who already use our existing hockey facilities, as well as creating a centre for regional and national competitions.
This key thoroughfare which passes under the A57 will be a flexible civic space designed to accommodate the functions and events which take place regularly. At night, a new lighting scheme will create a safe and secure space for those passing through.
To ensure that the space can still accommodate landmark events such as graduation and open days, the newly designed Concourse will be uncluttered. It will include new paving, seating and social opportunities and an art wall.
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.
Recently completed projects
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.
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.
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.