Work begins to transform University of Sheffield public spaces


Work will begin this week on an £8 million transformation of the public spaces around the University of Sheffield’s campus, to make it more welcoming for people in the city and create a safer and greener space for students, staff and the general public.

The University is working in partnership with Sheffield City Council on the project which will see the pedestrianisation of a number of streets, more trees and plants, new cycle routes created and public art installed.

The major scheme has received around £2.9 million funding from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund, with the rest of the work being funded by the University.

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management at the University of Sheffield said: “This is a fantastic development which will transform the campus environment and support the University’s links with the city centre.

“The improvements, including the pedestrianised streets, will make the campus much easier and safer for our staff and students to get around and better connect the University with the city.

“We want to encourage the people of Sheffield to enjoy and use our campus whether it’s to have lunch in one of our cafes, cycle through the campus area up to Weston Park, or just enjoy sitting and relaxing in one of the new greener, safer places that will be created through this development.”

To help keep people on the move while the work is taking place, an interactive map called Check my route shows where the improvements are taking place and how people can find alternative routes around the area if their usual route is affected.

Keith Lilley added: “We will be working closely with the contractor and the various agencies to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum but obviously with a project of this scale there will be some interruptions to journeys while the improvement work s are taking place.

“Whether people are travelling on foot, by bus, or in the car, the interactive map will enable people to find alternative routes if their usual journey is affected.”

People are also encouraged to sign up for weekly email updates so they can plan ahead for any changes to their usual journey and the University’s website will be regularly updated with the latest information and the planned dates for each package of work.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, said: “Our universities are critical to the future of Sheffield and vital to the successful economic growth of the city. The University campuses make a significant contribution to the high quality city centre infrastructure and this new world-class campus will help to emphasise the University of Sheffield’s position as a key driver in the local economy.”

The work is expected to be complete by September 2016 in time for the new academic year and is being carried out by northern contractors North Midland Construction.

Additional information

View the interactive map Check my route and sign up for weekly updates.

Visit the University’s Transforming our public spaces pages for more information on the plans.

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