This small section of the website offers you a brief glimpse into the extraordinary and exciting building project undertaken between September 2013 and December 2014 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.

The Diamond, which is now home to engineering undergraduates, has an aluminium diamond shaped facade exterior. It stands at the heart of the University campus as a major investment in learning and teaching.

We are absolutely delighted to welcome our students into the Diamond. “The building offers them a unique learning experience and exemplifies the University’s commitment to see engineering and high value manufacturing at the heart of the region’s economic future. “We believe the Diamond will offer the best multidisciplinary engineering teaching space in the UK, it is truly a world class university building.

Professor Mike Hounslow, Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering

Inside, the six-storey Diamond boasts specialist teaching facilities including a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library and IT services, and space for informal study including a cafe.

The computing area offers around 1,000 study spaces - all available 24/7 for all students and staff across the University. There are also digital and print facilities, media editing booths, a recording studio and computer teaching laboratories.

The building’s 19 laboratories will offer students more practical learning opportunities with a chemical engineering pilot plant, a clean room, an aerospace simulation lab and a virtual reality suite.

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management at the University, said: “The building will add to our world class estate, providing our students with world class facilities. The Diamond has been designed as a “smart” building allowing detailed control of energy management, and includes a central naturally ventilated atrium and rainwater harvesting. The building has been delivered on time and in budget.”

Building work on the Diamond was completed to schedule by contractors Balfour Beatty who started the project in autumn 2013.   Have you seen inside? Take a look!

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management.

“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.”

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We have an excellent 3D animated fly-through of  The Diamond - a few elements may be different (colour, fabric etc) but it does give you a nice graphical view of the amazing (and did we say, "Award-Winning?") building.

Find your way! See the map of The Diamond

Meet the project managers

Estates Development Development are committed to providing and enhancing the University estate ensuring that it is fully capable of supporting extensive world-class academic activity and meeting our business needs. All projects are carefully planned to minimise any disruption to the University community.Click here to return to home page



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