Sheffield University’s new £81 million engineering department is being tipped to be a jewel at the heart of the campus - after being named The Diamond.
The name of the complex was revealed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett and Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield during a site visit.
Construction is well under way on the structure on Broad Lane and St George’s Terrace, on part of the site of the former Jessop Hospital.
The project was originally surrounded by controversy after a long battle which saw thousands of people objecting to the demolition of the hospital’s Grade II listed Edwardian wing.
But a bid for a judicial review was dismissed and work on the 19,500 square foot complex is set to be completed in September next year.
The university says the name The Diamond not only reflects the physical attributes of the building with its distinctive diamond shape ‘wrap’, but also the quality of the space and facilities.
The six-storey building will provide specialist engineering teaching facilities as well as a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open plan learning spaces, library services, and social spaces including a café.
During the construction period alone The Diamond will create around 500 jobs, with 400 permanent new jobs within the university once it is completed.
“This is our largest ever investment in teaching and learning and it is really exciting to see the fantastic progress being made on site,” said Professor Burnett.
“Even though it won’t be completed until next year, The Diamond is already making a great contribution to our academic life, giving many of our engineering students the opportunity for regular site visits to see for themselves how what they’re learning at university is translated into practice on a major construction site.”
Mr Blomfield added: “The Diamond really will be the jewel in the crown, not only for the university itself, but also for the city. It will play a huge part in positioning Sheffield as the destination of choice for our future engineers, with the university working alongside industry to support the development of the skills and innovation which are so essential to our economic success.”