Sheffield’s big ambitions on campus

The University of Sheffield has unveiled a new plan set to revolutionise the University’s campus, with better city links

The Campus Masterplan sets out the University’s pioneering plans over the next 10-15 years, to create a unified, sustainable and green campus which will enhance the experience for students, staff, visitors and the wider community, and integrate seamlessly with the rest of the city.

As the University of Sheffield continues to grow, both in terms of world-wide reputation and in student and staff numbers, there is an increasing need to expand and improve the quality of buildings and the surrounding campus which is currently an eclectic mix; from the ‘red brick university’ Victorian style Firth Court, to the contemporary and futuristic Jessop West.

The Masterplan aims to establish better links with the wider community, particularly with the Gold Route which connects the campus to the city, Sheffield Hallam University and Midland Station.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, said: “Developing an estate which allows us to provide world-class teaching and learning facilities for our students and staff is certainly a major priority. But so too is the desire to be firmly part of our city and to create a safe and welcoming environment which encourages people from all walks of life to see it as their University.

“We’ll also invest in transport and travel networks so that everyone using our campus can enjoy a better, safer and healthier experience.”

The Masterplan has been developed in conjunction with Sheffield City Council.

There are also exciting proposals for a number of new buildings. These include a new Science facility in the Hounsfield area and an ultra-modern sports centre on Northumberland Road, which is also the planned location for a new Social Sciences building bringing together many subject areas under one roof, creating a perfect environment for inter-disciplinary learning.

The recent success of the Tour de France and Yorkshire’s Grand Départ has shown, once again, how important cycling is to the city of Sheffield. The Masterplan includes proposals to improve facilities for cyclists with two new bike hubs with shower and changing facilities to support and encourage sustainable travel.

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management at the University of Sheffield, said: “Our challenge is to continue to plan and manage our estate in a way which boosts the quality of our physical assets and surroundings to help us compete for the best staff and students from around the world. We really want to know what people think about the ideas we’ve set out, so hope that people will visit the website or come to one of our four public exhibition days.”

For more information about the Campus Masterplan visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/campusmasterplan

 

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