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BDP reveals masterplan for Sheffield Hallam University

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BDP has drawn up a masterplan for the transformation of Sheffield Hallam University

The blueprint will take 15 years to deliver, with the first phase alone expected to cost £220 million.

This first stage, set to be delivered over the next five years, includes new buildings for the Yorkshire university’s business school and social sciences department.

It will also involve refurbishing the students’ union building, the creation of a University Green and other improvements to the existing estate.

Subsequent phases will see further refurbishment and redevelopment of existing buildings alongside construction of new structures.

BDP architect director Sue Emms said the masterplan would make the campus a ‘gateway’ to the city.

‘It will be connected, legible and cohesive to create a holistic campus feel,’ she added.

‘New ways of learning and working are supported by providing the right type of spaces in the right places to promote interdisciplinary collaboration across departments and with partners.

‘Making the university more outward facing will give it a new identity, showcasing its excellence in teaching and research while providing opportunities to engage more directly with the Sheffield city region.’

Sheffield Hallam University vice-chancellor Chris Husbands said the masterplan represented a ‘bold’ vision.

‘We want to create an exceptional environment in which to learn and work, and a welcoming and inclusive environment for visitors to Sheffield,’ he said.

‘We are uniquely placed at the heart of the city to contribute to its vibrancy and reputation and we want to encourage everyone in the city, not just our staff and students, to enjoy our campus by creating attractive public spaces.’

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