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RMJM submits plans for £81m Sheffield University scheme

Sheffield University has submitted plans for its new £81 million RMJM-designed engineering building ‘at the heart’ of its existing campus

The 19,500 m2 block on the Jessop site close to the engineering faculty’s Mappin quadrangle will house 19 teaching laboratories over six floors – one below ground and five above.

Expected to start on site next year and complete by 2016, the new building will be able to accommodate around 5,500 people at any one time. The scheme includes a 400-seat lecture theatre on the basement and ground floors Workshops, study areas and computer rooms will be further up the building.

Although yet to be confirmed, the outer wrap is likely to be made from aluminium.

RMJM has worked on a number of schemes at the University, including the Information Commons building and the Jessop West scheme working with Sauerbruch Hutton.

RMJM - new engineering building, Sheffield

RMJM - new engineering building, Sheffield

Facts and figures about engineering at the University of Sheffield

  • The faculty is the largest at the University of Sheffield with an income of £100 million in 2011/2012 – a growth of 29 per cent over the last four years
  • An additional 1,600 engineering students will be studying at the faculty by 2020, bringing with them increased expenditure in the local economy – even the lowest estimate suggests every student spends a minimum of £6,000 per year in the local economy
  • 381 new teaching and support jobs created within the Faculty of Engineering by 2020
  • All aspects of engineering – from traditional disciplines through to latest developments in healthcare, including virtual simulation for surgery.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Architecture shouldn't be about glitzy images. Plus Rem K. did this on the Prada building years ago, but with more class. This building will not look like this when built and is already dated. Shame the UoS didnt learn their lesson with Jessop West building that looks already very poor, dirty and broken glass all the time. For an engineering building its a shame that we will not have a more grounded and solid building. Also 5 or 6 floors seems excessive next to the church. But at least the pigeons will love it!!!

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  • Very excited for this new engineering building! It means big things for the future of the engineering department at Sheffield.

    They'll be able to accomodate the anticipated increase in engineering students and provide more jobs for faculty. Plus, I think it's a cool design.

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