Diamond building’s £4.9 million funding for new equipment

Sheffield University has been awarded almost £4.9 million of Government funding to buy equipment for its new flagship engineering building.

The Diamond – an £81 million facility on the corner of Broad Lane and St George’s Terrace – will receive a share of £200 million earmarked for science, technology, mathematics and engineering teaching capital projects from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Scheduled to open by September 2015, work is already well under way on the six-storey building which, as well as providing specialist engineering teaching facilities, will also house a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library services and a café.

The university’s engineering faculty is expecting to welcome 1,600 additional engineering students and 400 extra staff by 2020.

Professor Mike Hounslow, pro-vice chancellor for engineering, said he was ‘delighted’ with the funding grant.