Go-ahead for £30m addition to Sheffield Hallam campus

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Construction is due to start before the end of the year on Sheffield Hallam University’s latest addition to its city centre campus.

The process of appointing a contractor can begin now that revised plans have been approved by the council for the £30m development at the corner of Charles Street and Arundel Gate.

It will accommodate parts of the Faculty of Development and Society and will house the Sheffield Institute of Education, which brings together the university’s teacher education provision and education research.

Completion is scheduled ready for the start of the autumn term in 2015.

Details for the site, currently used as a car park, were accepted by the council after a series of design revisions.

An initial application for the location, next to grade II* listed Butcher Works, was refused three years ago because it was deemed to be out of character with its historic surroundings, part of the Cultural Industries Quarter Conservation Area.

Later, an amended scheme was approved only for Hallam to come back again with amendments.

The building will be up to seven storeys, with several outside terraced areas. A ‘Toast Rack’ bridge based on the designs of Corin Mellor, of David Mellor Studios, Mellor design will connect it to the university’s Arundel Building.

A central walkway along Brown Lane will be fully enclosed by a glass atrium. The walkway will be open to the public.

The development includes a lecture theatre with more than 300 seats, teaching rooms, learning and staff spaces, a cafe and reception.

Director of estates and facilities Mark Swales said: “This is part of a £100m investment in our estate over three years. It’s pivotal to improving the student experience at Sheffield Hallam and is a significant development in the heart of the city centre.

“We have worked closely with Bond Bryan architects and planners to produce a design which incorporates the heritage of the local area, but also reflects the forward thinking values of the University.”

The seven storey building will front Arundel Gate, dropping to two to four storeys to match the scale of Butcher Works, which comprises residential, commercial and retail space, and other old buildings.

The development is designed to be car free.

Details were approved by council officers.