Development will give Sheffield University a new heart

An artist's impression looking down on Sheffield University's Heartspace development, which will connect the Mappin Building with the Central Wing
An artist's impression looking down on Sheffield University's Heartspace development, which will connect the Mappin Building with the Central Wing

A £10 million plan to link Sheffield University’s two oldest buildings is gathering pace.

The Heartspace scheme will connect the Grade II listed Mappin Building, on Mappin Street, with the 1855 Central Wing, and is part of the wider revamp of the university’s engineering faculty.

The project involves creating a four-storey glass atrium, which will offer new laboratories, offices and a café, as well as providing a ‘collaboration space’ for students and staff from different departments.

A new entrance will lead from Portobello Street into the Heartspace, which is intended to help the university to boost its research output, as well as catering for an increase in student numbers.

The Mappin Building and Central Wing will also undergo a complete refurbishment under the plans, which have been submitted to Sheffield Council.

A design statement by architects Bond Bryan said the site contained ‘some of the university’s oldest buildings, and some in the poorest condition’.

“The existing infrastructure is inefficient and outdated. The new build and refurbished buildings will assist the university in attracting the world’s best researchers and engineers.”

Construction will start in 2017, to be completed the following year. Meanwhile students are poised to move in to the £81 million Diamond building, on Broad Lane and St George’s Terrace, and last month a package of highways works on roads around the campus was approved.