University’s new £81m Diamond building opens its doors for students  

  • University of Sheffield’s new £81m Diamond building is open for teaching.
  • The six-storey building has facilities including lecture theatres, seminar rooms, a library and over 1,000 study spaces which are available 24/7 for staff and students across the University.
  • The building has specialist teaching facilities for engineering, including 19 laboratories, a chemical engineering pilot plant, a clean room, an aerospace simulation lab and a virtual reality suite.

The Diamond

Students at the University of Sheffield are enjoying lectures in the University’s new £81m Diamond building after it opened its doors today (Monday 28 September).

The building, which will be 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.

Inside the DiamondInside, 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.

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

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome our students into the Diamond for the first time today.

“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.”

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.

Inside the Diamond

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

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.

Additional information

The University of Sheffield
With almost 26,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.
Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2014 it was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.
Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline and Siemens, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

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