Literally and metaphorically the ‘Heart of the Campus’, this major £18.8 million development has radically transformed the student experience at Sheffield Hallam University.
Replacing low grade, redundant accommodation, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award winning new build provides 9500m2 of iconic teaching, social and office space within a picturesque ‘Conservation Area’.
With 95% of surveyed students articulating that the ‘Heart of the Campus’ has ‘enhanced their experience’, our design, construction and fit out has delivered a lasting impact to Sheffield Hallam’s leaders of tomorrow.
The three-storey concrete frame building, with a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating, provides a data centre, lecture theatre, canteen, café facilities, breakout spaces, teaching accommodation, atrium and roof garden.
Constructed primarily of reinforced concrete, sat on pad and strip foundations clad in glass and stone, the vibrant space was arranged around a three-storey atrium, streaming light into the deep plan scheme, while providing a focus for hub activities and primary circulation routes.
The scope of works also included the refurbishment of an existing three-storey building. Innovative in our approach, and peppered with sustainable features, we utilised the Building Information Modelling (BIM) design tool to encourage collaborative working between designers and embed efficiency within the construction process.
"We’re very proud of our ‘Heart of the Campus’ building, which gives our students high-quality, innovative teaching and learning facilities. It has created a true heart at Collegiate for students to come together both socially and for structured learning"