£25m campus revamp to take Sheffield Hallam into top 50

Hallam University Collegiate Crescent development
Hallam University Collegiate Crescent development

SHEFFIELD Hallam University is today (Thursday) unveiling a £25m project to redevelop part of its Collegiate Crescent campus to help it become a ‘top 50’ university within three years.

The current ‘Heart of the Campus’, including disused Sixties residential accommodation, is due to be replaced by a three-storey building for students and staff from the faculties of Development and Society and Health and Wellbeing.

Lined up are a café, glazed atrium, lecture theatre, study areas and social spaces as Hallam consolidates its activities in the city centre and Collegiate Crescent, off Ecclesall Road.

Director of Estates and Facilities Mark Swales said: “The university is committed to becoming a top-50 university by 2015 and our campus is a key part of this. This redevelopment will give our students better facilities and timetabled space. It will provide better space for student support services, learning support and the students union, along with improved accommodation and services for staff.

“It is important that we invest in the future of Sheffield Hallam University and its staff and students, and that we stand by our commitment to remaining a two- campus university.

“We are working closely with the planners to ensure the new development at Collegiate Campus will be innovative, allowing students, staff and the local community to better enjoy the environment and heritage of the picturesque campus.”

The revamp is designed to make the Collegiate Crescent centre more efficient, energy conscious and sustainable.

Plans are being submitted to the council, which will check they fit in with the surrounding historic education buildings and conservation area. Nearby residents are being consulted.

The project also involves refurbishing other buildings. Demolition of Marshall Hall and neighbouring structures is due to begin in the autumn, with construction beginning next spring with a view to completion by autumn 2014.

Architects are HLM, whose head office is in Sheffield. Director Nick Beecroft said the development will be a focal point for the campus with “a vibrant state-of-the-art environment in which students can learn and socialise.

“The building will respond to the conservation area setting in which the campus is based, and consists of a series of pavilions around a central atrium space that looks out onto the landscaped setting. As a leading sustainable architect, we are delighted to have seen the designs develop into a truly green and sustainable building for the future.”

Finance is coming from the university, with some of the money expected to come from the sale of the Psalter Lane campus where Hallam has teamed up with Bellway Homes.