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Sheffield uni seeks architect for £25m music centre

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The University of Sheffield is looking for an architect to design its new £25 million music and performance art centre

The proposed PEARL building, on Sheffield’s Upper Hanover Street, will provide new combined facilities for the university’s music, theatre studies and creative writing departments.

According to the contract notice: ‘The new building will enable music, theatre studies and creative writing to develop, and expand teaching, research and grant capture, while also offering all university students and staff enhanced performance opportunities, and contribute to the university’s pledge to support a strong and vibrant city.’

The scheme will replace a series of warehouses and former light industrial buildings opposite Sauerbruch Hutton’s and RMJM’s Jessop West humanities building which opened in 2009.

The building will feature a flexible recital hall capable of seating between 200 and 650 people alongside a 300-seat ‘black box’ theatre and a 160-capacity rehearsal studio.

It will also house two music psychology laboratories, an ethnomusicology studio, seven practice rooms, two sound-proofed band studios and a variety of breakout spaces and multi-purpose rooms. 

The University of Sheffield has around 27,000 full-time and part-time students from 143 countries and was named The Times’ UK University of the Year five years ago.

Earlier this year AJ120 practice Bond Bryan won planning for a 12,500m2 four-storey glass atrium linking the university’s Grade II-listed Mappin Building with the 1855 Central Wing.

Other nearby university landmarks include GMW’s 78m-high Arts Tower and RMJM’s prepatinated copper-clad Information Commons (pictured).

The winning team will develop PEARL from RIBA Stage 1 to 5 and will be novated to the main contractor during project delivery. The building is set to be completed in 2019.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 17 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Mark Richards
University Of Sheffield
Firth Court
Western Bank
S10 2TN

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 4204
Email: m.richards@sheffield.ac.uk


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