Building of a world-class Social Sciences facility to enhance the student experience and encourage interdisciplinary research started in May 2019.
Designed by HLM architects, this home for the 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 to address key global challenges.
Green space, which will be open to the public as well as students and staff, will be part of the development, providing an improved local environment.
The building has been designed with sustainability at its core. Ground source heat pumps will be installed to maximise the opportunity created by thermal warmth, and provide cooling in the summer.
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Project Manager: Richard Parr, Department of Estates and Facilities Management
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Construction Manager: Nick Howdle, Bam Construction
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Client: Faculty of Social Sciences
Location: Junction of Whitham Road (A57) and Northumberland Road
Timescale: May 2019 - TBC
14 October 2020: BAM has demolished 89% of the building and is on track to complete it by the end of October. They are currently working on the remaining ground floor structure and pile caps. This week they will be drilling test piles.
BAM continue to monitor dust and noise levels to ensure they’re working within approved limits, and mitigate the effect of their deconstruction activities as much as possible by using acoustic chambers. They have increased the number of water cannons on site to improve ‘dampening down’. Some plant equipment has been moved further away from residential properties so there are fewer journeys to this part of the site.
2 October 2020: BAM are continuing to dismantle the building with 72% of the demolition completed on the whole site. The remaining work left to deconstruct is below ground. They are on track to finish this element completely by the end of October.
They have also progressed and concluded the first part of the unexploded ordnance survey works in preparation for piling to begin. This was also carried out previously during the initial surveys and piling works but BAM are checking again as standard practice.
A brand-new piling rig is due on site 9 October for work to begin the week commencing 12 October on installation of the test piles. The acoustic levels have been checked and these will be well within the permitted site limits.
16 September 2020: Demolition work is progressing to schedule and BAM are on course to finish this work by the end of October 2020. They have completed 64% of the deconstruction work so far.
BAM are reusing and recycling as much as waste material as possible. So far all of the concrete on site has been retained for reuse and steel from the reinforcement structures is being sent to be melted down and reused.
25 August 2020: We have recently been informed by BAM, the building contractor for the new Social Sciences building, that the safest course of action to address the piled foundation issue is to deconstruct and rebuild the entire building. This is disappointing news for all concerned and we are working with BAM to reduce disruption to local residents.
We understand from BAM that the deconstruction will be completed towards the end of October 2020 – and will be followed by a period of new piled foundation installation which BAM expect to be complete in February 2021.
Further ground investigations have reconfirmed that the ground is safe and suitable for the new building, once the correct piled foundations have been installed.
The University will not face any financial repercussions because of the delay, which is the responsibility of the contractor.
15 July 2020: Work will begin to partially dismantle the building from Monday 20 July 2020. One of the tower cranes will be taken down to enable the works to take place.
Throughout the deconstruction and piling process, BAM will be dampening down to cut down on dust. They are required to work within the noise limits as set out in the planning conditions.
20 May 2020: There is a delay to construction. Statement from BAM:
Remedial works have commenced on the scheme to deliver the Faculty of Social Sciences building for the University of Sheffield. The scheme is currently under construction.
BAM identified that there was settlement occurring in excess of that which would normally be expected in a structure of this nature, prompting us to conduct detailed investigations. These confirm a problem involving the piling of the structure, which are unusually complicated.
We therefore conducted a review together with our client and the expert sub-contractors involved: Mott Macdonald – structural engineers - and Cementation Skanska – piling contractor. This concluded the best course of action would be to partly dismantle some of the current structural frame – to the north elevation then rebuild it. Those works are now underway.
This action followed rapidly after identifying the problem and these remedial works are expected to take approximately eight or nine weeks. BAM is apologising to local residents around the scheme for any additional inconvenience this may cause. Materials in the current frame will be re-used in the scheme or recycled.
BAM is working closely with the University to determine the consequent delay to the completion of the new building which it is now anticipated would be in 2022.
At all times the building has been safe to all those around it.
BAM has an excellent track record in Sheffield over many years and many building, and is committed to operating responsibly and openly with its clients.
March 2020: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 incident, the University has been working closely with our contractors to ensure they comply with government advice regarding social distancing.
The Faculty of Social Sciences building site is open but work is reduced. BAM are following Public Health England guidelines which state workers must be at least 2 metres apart and wash hands often.
The project team are working remotely and no site visits are taking place.
The University continues to monitor the situation and will respond where government advice is updated.
December 2019: The ground floor slab is now fully cast which gives us a clear footprint of the building. Concrete cores continue to be installed and the drum is now fully concreted.
November 2019: You can see real progress on site now as the drum steelwork is now complete. The concrete frame is progressing with first sections of first floor now cast.
October 2019: We have now completed drilling the fourteen 225 metre deep boreholes for the ground source heat pump and will now start to add the pipe equipment. The project's foundations are complete and we continue to install the ground floor slab.
w/c 5/7/2019: Works are progressing well with piling now complete and the old villa has been demolished. As the site was a reservoir before it became sports pitch, BAM are busy pumping water from underground and will continue this whilst they are constructing works in the ground. The team have started to crop the piles to the correct level and construct the pile caps.
w/c 10/6/2019: Date not fixed yet but we anticipate the boring machine work to commence 10 June for up to 20 weeks. The noise level will be comparable to the enabling works currently taking place.
w/c 3/6/2019: We will take delivery of 2 piling rigs, which are large drilling machines used to construct the concrete pile foundations for the building. These rigs will start drilling at the west side of the building and work their way towards Whitham Road.
w/c 20/5/2019: Installing the piling platform that forms the footprint of the building.
w/c 13/5/2019: Excavation and drilling chambers work to commence to prepare the ground.
w/c 15/5/2019: Sheffield Tree Care, working on behalf of the University, will be removing a number of trees behind the villa on Northumberland Road. New trees will be replanted on at least a two to one basis once the building work is complete.
w/c 21/5/2019: We are hosting a residents' drop in on Tuesday 21 May, 6-7.30pm, James Smith House (11 - 15 Marlborough Road) to show architect's visuals and the proposed planting scheme along the boundary area between the building and Marlborough Road.
Note: The facade design shown on this video has been updated and will look different on the final building.
View from Weston Park Hospital:
View of corner of Northumberland and Whitham Roads:
Credit: HLM Architects
Project enquiries: Project Manager Richard Parr, email@example.com / 0114 222 9127
General enquiries: The EFM Help Desk will put you in touch with the right person, firstname.lastname@example.org / 0114 222 9000
If you're a member of staff or a student in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Laura Armitage, Faculty Estates Development Manager, is a useful point of contact: email@example.com