Recently completed projects

Recent projects

A brief glimpse into some of the extraordinary and exciting projects and developments undertaken in recent times at the University of Sheffield. Many of our projects have received awards for design or for environmental features. We are proud of Sheffield, and everything we do as a University reflects our commitment to this remarkable and vision-inspiring city.

Sport Sheffield Reception

Sports Sheffield provide facilities for student, staff and the wider public to engage in the many different sporting activities.

The reception area is the front facing of Sports Sheffield; the brief required that we make the area more open and welcome, removing barriers between the staff and the users of the facilities.

We installed a new desks, cupboards and turnstile systems, so users could swipe their cards for access.

The work was completed over the summer of 2016 ready for the new influx of students and existing users.

The Diamond

Our world-class building, The Diamond, is open and already full of busy students!

This £81 million building – our largest ever investment in teaching and learning – has created a fantastic place for modern interdisciplinary teaching. See the website for this amazing project  here.

As well as specialist engineering teaching facilities, the building also hosts a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library services and social spaces, including a café.

"I am very proud of The Diamond building development. Twelve Architects has worked tirelessly to bring forward what I believe will be both a fantastic addition to the University estate and Higher Education as a whole. Twelve has interpreted our vision and taken the final scheme so much further than we had hoped with a truly world class facility to compliment the excellence of the University’s academic endeavour. The Diamond is the single largest academic project the University has undertaken, and is a truly unique and inspiring facility.” 

- Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management.

Halifax Hall Hotel

Halifax Hall hotel was formerly a conference centre attached to student residences.

The bedrooms were refurbished in 2012 and opened as a boutique hotel but the lobby and function rooms were dated and did not have the same feel and quality of the hotel rooms. In Easter 2016, Estates and Facilities Management designed and project managed a refurbishment of these areas, including a new reception desk, a fully equipped bar, lighting, finishes and furnishings.

The contractor completed the works in the very short period of two weeks and to the highest standard of workmanship.

The end result is a space that completes the experience of staying at Halifax Hall hotel and provides all of the facilities that its guests expect.

Department of Journalism Studies

Here at Sheffield we have the best journalism students around. They deserve the best teaching – and the best facilities.

The University of Sheffield has invested £3million in a stunning refurbishment of the Department of Journalism Studies at 9 Mappin Street. Students and staff now have three storeys of state-of-the-art broadcast studios, multimedia newsrooms, breakout spaces, bright new offices, and a fabulous common room.

It's the perfect setting for our students to gather experience of a real working news environment. The production suite comprises a multi-camera HD TV studio and gallery, voiceover booths and radio studio. This makes industry-standard multimedia digital production easy, with the capacity to live-stream anywhere in the world. The suite is adaptable to future generations of digital technology.

It's a fantastic refurbishment.

Firth Hall

A restored and impressive look for Firth Hall 

Firth Hall is named after Sheffield steel manufacturer Mark Firth who played a key role in the University’s early development. The hall remains one of the University’s many prestigious rooms with occupancy for up to 400 people. It is a multi-functional flexible space used during exam periods, for graduation dinners, conferences, open days, music concerts and meetings. It is also used for weddings and other important civic events such as Her Majesty the Queen’s visit in 2010.

The work we have undertaken includes replacing the existing ventilation system, installed over 50 years ago, will improve both thermal comfort and energy efficiency within the hall, the replacement of the acoustic cladding, on the front elevation to provide the necessary acoustic qualities required for the hall to host the performance of classical music and choral recitals, and the restoration and preservation of the East facing Edwardian bay window.

Bateson Centre

Facilities Refrubishment

The Bateson Centre is a research centre in Bio-Medical Science which until September 2014 was spread out over a number of buildings in the Firth Court complex. The refurbishment provided modern facilities and pulled together a number of labs, offices and study spaces into one area of the building to allow easier collaboration between researchers. This involved a complicated sequence of moves and building works, all achieved with a minimum of disruption to research projects.

Pam Liversidge Building

Pam Liversidge Building

The £20 million, seven storey Faculty of Engineering Graduate School building (Pam Liversidge Building)on the corner of Newcastle Street, provides significant space for collaborative inter-disciplinary research groups and space for both post graduate taught, and post graduate research students.

The new Atrium in the building provides a top lit environment for multi-functional use, with a focus on break-out space and managed computer positions. The atrium is crucial to the assisted natural ventilation strategy for the laboratories and incorporates automatic louvers within the glazed roof.

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Geography Refurbishment


Four postgraduate study spaces were refurbished over the summer vacation of 2014 to increase capacity and improve the quality of the facilities. The space was under-utilised and now provides over 100 new workstations.

Café Refurbishments

Refurbishing our cafes

The University manages its own chain of cafes, providing quality food and drinks. Over the academic year 2013-2014 these were all re-branded with a fresh new look and given improved kitchen equipment to provide an even better selection of home-made snacks. In all, seven outlets were refurbished including cafes in Jessop West, the Information Commons and also the University’s very own pub, the University Arms.

Student's Union

Award-winning Students’ Union (Opened 23 September 2013)

The radically revamped building, which broke new ground when it was unveiled almost 50 years ago, features state of the art facilities for student services, an amphitheatre styled space for special events within the new Octagon Piazza, as well as more social and study spaces open for longer hours.  University House, which was one of the first glass curtain walled buildings in the world when it was completed in 1963, has now been integrated with the University’s Students' Union – the number one in the UK - in one single building.

The newly revamped building forms part of the University’s commitment to offering the best facilities to students and staff and is now home to Sheffield’s newest restaurant, Inox Dine, in addition to six new cutting edge events spaces catering for up to 250 delegates.  The 100 capacity all-day casual dining restaurant offers new top-class facilities, not only for staff and students, but also for the wider business community and restaurant goers across the city, featuring excellent city views and a contemporary British menu with international influences. 

In addition, significant improvements have been made to pedestrian access and landscaping, and the new building features a bridge joining the Octagon building to the Students’ Union, bringing all facilities together under one roof at the heart of the campus. The work has also brought the building up-to-date with modern efficiency standards, radically reducing annual energy consumption and the building’s carbon footprint.


You can visit the Students' Union here

The Management School

The Sheffield MBA: Teaching Facilities

Take a tour of our executive suite where the MBA is taught, including the Middleton Lecture Theatre and Hitchcock Boardroom by pointing at the picture.

The building has been completely redesigned and refurbished to create a 21st-century research and learning environment – a dynamic hub which will stimulate study, thought and the proactive exchange of ideas. Key to the continuing development and success of the University of Sheffield Management School  is their physical location in a fit-for-purpose building and also having a first-class environment where students can learn, academics can collaborate on outstanding research and where corporate partnerships can flourish.


Visit the Sheffield University Management School | Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL | T: +44 (0)114 222 3232

Older projects that may be of interest

The ICOSS Centre

The Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences houses up to 100 researchers in fields such as Criminology and Health and Social Care.

ICOSS was a brand new, purpose-built building enabling the ICOSS to further build on the international reputation of the University of Sheffield to bring together the thirteen schools and departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences into an interdisciplinary forum for research and innovation.


Visit the ICOSS here

The School of Clinical Dentistry

World leading research

The Dental School located at 19 Claremont Crescent, are one of the top dental schools in the country, known for our innovations in training and clinical research. Students learn in a supportive and friendly environment, among experts who are passionate about what they do. The Dentistry School work together to push boundaries in biomedical research. The RAE places them fourth in the UK and establishes them as one of the top performing departments in the University.


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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Windows & insulation

This building had 1960 steel window frames, was drafty, cold and leaked. The works we undertook made a significant difference. The building was given a high performance envelope, an insulated roof and double glazed. 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy courses explore the laws of the universe, from subatomic particles to stars and galaxies. They're a leading centre for research – so students are going to be at the heart of groundbreaking developments. Students will be involved in discoveries that make a big impact on the way we interpret the world and live our lives.