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Estates & Facilities Management - Achieving excellence


Achieving excellence by developing, maintaining and investing in our World-Class University with vision, purpose and pride.

Welcome

Keith Lilley, Dirctor of Estates & Facilities ManagementThe Estates and Facilities Management at the University of Sheffield are responsible for maintaining the University's buildings and gardens, managing its property and facilities and procuring new buildings.

The University's estate contains a wide and varied range of properties which understandably present their own challenges. Some, such as the Arts Tower, are of great architectural importance and must be preserved as part of our national heritage, whilst others such as the award winning Information Commons, are modern and sophisticated in their design and servicing.

Our staff will continue to strive for excellence in everything they put their hand to. The integration of these services does provide a unique opportunity to improve and build on the firm foundations that have been achieved over many years.

Campus Masterplan

Transforming our public spaces

Campus Master Plan

Campus Master Plan

We're working with Sheffield City Council to transform public spaces around the city campus.

There'll be new and improved crossings on Western Bank and Upper Hanover Street, pedestrianisation of a number of streets, new cycle routes, lots more trees and plants and some great integrated public art.

The transforming our public spaces project is part of our Campus Masterplan.

Overview of the transforming our public spaces project

For more information please visit the Campus Masterplan page

Check My Route

The University is planning for a brighter future.

We're working with Sheffield City Council to transform public spaces around the city campus. There'll be new and improved crossings on Western Bank and Upper Hanover Street, pedestrianisation of a number of streets, new cycle routes, lots more trees and plants and some great integrated public art.

Boosting the quality of our physical assets and the surrounding areas is a huge part of this project. Through the work we will establish stronger links within the city and make a positive impact in developing a sustainable environment.

Most of the work will be taking place from February to Autumn 2016. There are some other University-only projects – such as improvements to the concourse and the transformation of the Arts Tower frontage into a public park – which will be completed in the following year.

The transforming our public spaces project is part of our Campus Masterplan.

Check My Route screenshot

During 2016, you'll see the improvements taking shape – and Check My Route will help you find the best way around the campus while the work is going on. 

However you're travelling – on foot, by bike, by bus or in a car – the map will help you get to your destination.

Start your journey here!

 Contact us

You can contact us by email on - checkmyroute@sheffield.ac.uk  or telephone the helpdesk on 0114 222 9000

Please be aware that the communications service will only be available 9.00 am - 5.00 pm during weekdays. If your enquiry is received outside these hours, we'll get back to you as soon as we can on the next working day.

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In most cases the information you want will be available on the website, through the interactive map or in the weekly email updates. 

You can also check our FAQ's page.

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 News

Update on fire safety in University buildings

Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London, the University of Sheffield, like many other institutions, has undertaken an extensive review of our estate to ensure that it continues to support safe operation for staff, students and visitors. The University extends to some 5 million square feet of accommodation including student residential accommodation, academic and mixed use commercial facilities. The estate includes 387 separate properties, all of which have now been fully surveyed.

In addition to surveying cladding on University buildings, a risk-based assessment has been undertaken. This includes assessing exit routes from buildings over 4 storeys high, existing systems for fire safety including fire detection and alarm, and the currency and quality of fire risk assessments, as well as the nature of any cladding on our buildings.

Our highest building is the Arts Tower and, naturally, people do need to be reassured about the arrangements in the event of a fire. The Arts Tower is a 19 storey building with two means of escape via two fire-protected stair cores. The building is protected with an L2 specification fire detection and alarm system. The building has an integral sprinkler system in the event of a fire.

The University has mandatory training for all staff and students in fire safety. The policy for fire risk assessments is that all buildings are to be evacuated in the event of a fire alarm, including the Arts Tower. Fire drills are undertaken as a minimum once a year for all buildings.

The second building that has sprinkler system is the newly constructed Diamond, which was completed in September 2015. The Diamond, like the Arts Tower, is a curtain wall glazed building without flammable cladding present.

There are a number of buildings which have cladding, none of which has the Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding that Grenfell Tower had installed. The vast majority of cladding within the University is isolated and very few buildings are fully clad. Three buildings which are fully clad, or have elements which are fully clad and are over 4 storeys tall, do not have the ACM that was found in Grenfell Tower.

As with all buildings at the University there is at least a minimum of an L2 specification fire detection and alarm system (non sleeping accommodation), and the highest specification L1 systems in all of the University’s owned and operated residential accommodation. As set out above, the University does not support a stay put policy and all buildings are to be evacuated in the event of a fire alarm.

Having undertaken the review of the University estate, we can assure staff, students and visitors that the University continues to maintain its estate in a safe condition and we remain vigilant to ensure that fire safety is a key risk which is regularly managed. The University has bi-monthly meetings focused specifically on fire safety across all of our estate. Those meetings continue and have undoubtedly helped to contribute to the maintenance of safe working practices across the University and our estate. All fire risk assessments within the University are undertaken by our professionally qualified team of fire safety staff. All fire risk assessments are current and are reviewed on a frequency of no greater than every 2 years. Should there be any specific concerns which you might want to raise please do e-mail safety@sheffield.ac.uk who will be able to respond to your queries.

Keith Lilley
Director of Estates and Facilities Management


Estates and Facilities team win THELMA award

Outstanding Estates Strategy award for improving the environment and public realm of Sheffield

Estates & Facilities Management picked up the Outstanding Estates Strategy award for improving the environment and public realm of Sheffield at the national Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).

Outstanding Estates Strategy award

Click here to read more about this project

Information Commons Summer makeover

Ten years on and more than 13 million visitors later, our Information Commons is getting a makeover!  In response to your feedback through The National Student Survey 2016, we’ll be refurbishing the building over the summer, tackling wear and tear issues, replacing floor coverings and introducing a fresh new colour scheme.    Read more here

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Goodwin Sports Centre - temporary pool closure

We're sorry - but the Goodwin Sports Centre swimming pool and sauna/steam room will be closed for a couple of weeks from Sunday June 4th while we carry out some essential improvements.

We're refreshing and replacing the water, regrouting and replacing some of the tiles, and servicing the valves.

We apologise for any inconvenience but look forward to welcoming you back from 7am on Wednesday 21st June when we re-open.

Visit Sport Sheffield here

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We're Number 1

 The University of Sheffield has been voted number one in the Yorkshire Region and the Russell Group in this year's Times Higher Student Experience Survey, as well as coming in the top three UK-wide.

And we've been voted joint second for facilities in the UK - a wonderful tribute to the hard work of all the staff in Estates and Facilities Management.

THE 2017 results

"We're absolutely delighted with this result," said Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management. "We know how important the physical environment is in supporting teaching and learning and the overall experience students have at our University, and it's great to find out that our students rate us so highly.

"Credit is due to every single one of the staff in EFM - everyone has played their part in helping us achieve this and the result is a real vote of confidence in the hard work and commitment shown by all our staff to ensure that we deliver a great student experience."

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University of Sheffield named among best places to work in UK for second year in a row

The University of Sheffield has been named as one of the best places to work in the UK for a second year in a row by The Sunday Times. Sheffield has also been awarded a Best Companies two star accreditation status, which recognises outstanding levels of employee engagement at the institution. / Read more

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The University is planning for a brighter future.

We're working with Sheffield City Council to transform public spaces around the city campus. There'll be new and improved crossings on Western Bank and Upper Hanover Street, pedestrianisation of a number of streets, new cycle routes, lots more trees and plants and some great integrated public art.  Read more here

#WeAreInternational

#WeAreInternational campaign is now supported by over 100 universities and the National Union of Students / read more

We are International

Click here to read more about our exciting Heartspace project

Campus Master Plan

The Campus Master Plan 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

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Campus Master plan

Public Realm Project

The prestigious Public Realm Project has evolved from the University’s Campus Masterplan which aims to create the best possible environment for all our students and staff and make better links with local communities and the wider city.

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Public Realm

Sheffield ByCycle

Our exciting new initiative! 30 bikes are now available for hire from five different locations across the Sheffield University campus.

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Bycyle

Help Desk

The Help Desk team are at hand Monday - Friday to provide a central point of contact for all departments to request repairs and progress on jobs.

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Click here to visit our Help Desk

Sustainabiity

We are proud to be a university where sustainability is an integral core value of what we do and is reflected in the knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation of our activities.

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Sustainability


My Sustainable Campus

Recycling is easy

Sustainable Follow the link

The rubbish bin

Sustainable Follow the link

Recycle

Sustainable Follow the link

The blue bin

Sustainable Follow the link

Recycling Workshops 2016

GC Waste workshop

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