Engineering Heartspace

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 is housed under an impressive curved glass roof that links the two buildings. An alternative entrance to both the Mappin and Central Block buildings has been created from Portobello Street. The project is designed to aid communication and collaboration.

The Engineering Heartspace has created a dynamic social and research collaboration space between the two oldest buildings in the University estate.

Project details

  • Project Manager: Helen Lally, Department of Estates and Facilities Management
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 114 222 9022
  • Client: Faculty of Engineering
  • Location: George Porter, 3 Solly Street, Sir Frederick Mappin Building and Central Block
  • Timescale: January 2016 – Winter 2019/2020


A computer generated image of the Engineering Heartspace glass roof.

View more designs


Moving staff into the Heartspace building

Staff will begin moving into the building from January 2020 with department and laboratory moves completed by May 2020 TBC.

The faculty team, EFM and designated Reoccupation Champions from each department are working together on a detailed reoccupation plan and, within the next few weeks, you will have an opportunity to examine in more detail what the move means for you. This will include online information and local drop-in sessions.

If you have any immediate concerns or questions, please do get in touch with your local Reoccupation Champion:

  • Mechanical Engineering - Phillip Pickstock and Kimberley Matthews
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Lee Shunburne and Luke Marsden
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering - Wendy Pearce and Harm Askes
  • Faculty Central Services - Jane Lines and Mark Wagner
Past news

Mappin Street closed from 20-27 January 2020

Mappin Street is closed between these dates for the removal of the Interserve cabins. This restricts access to Mappin Street car park from Broad Lane.

Portobello Street closed from 4 January - 1 March 2020

A section of Portobello Street will be closed to vehicles from Saturday 4 January until Sunday 1 March 2020. This is due to a number of construction projects in this area and road resurfacing by Amey on behalf of Sheffield City Council.

Construction vehicles from all sites will be accessing Portobello Street from Mappin St to the Amy Johnson Building. Delivery access to Abney Street will be maintained via the same route.

Portobello Street will be closed from the junction of Mappin Street to Rockingham Street in sections but pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be able to use the footpath.

Contact us

For project enquiresk contact the project manager. For general enquiries, contact the EFM Help Desk.

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.