The University of Sheffield’s Engineering Heartspace teaching and social facility is shortlisted for two prestigious awards


University of Sheffields Engineering Heartspace praised

University of Sheffield's Engineering Heartspace praised

 March 03, 2020

Do you want to work in a state-of-the-art environment? If so, you might be interested to know that The University of Sheffield’s Engineering Heartspace facility has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards.

The development houses teaching and social spaces under a curved glass roof which links the university's Grade II listed Sir Frederick Mappin Building and its 1885 Central Wing.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Social Impact Awards Yorkshire & Humber has shortlisted the Engineering Heartspace in both its ‘heritage’ and ‘education’ categories, which recognise the positive and transformational contribution to society that the built environment can make.

Alongside the new laboratories, office space and café, Engineering Heartspace has its own Employability Hub which helps students and businesses collaborate.

The university says great care has been taken with the refurbishment and roof addition, with the performance of the building also a priority. Sash windows have been sympathetically upgraded to improve thermal performance, and the roof’s columns are positioned to prevent load being transferred to the historic buildings which flank the space.

University of Sheffield Heartspace

A world-class teaching and research space

Keith Lilley, Director of Infrastructure at the University of Sheffield, said "We're delighted to be recognised by RICS for our work on the Engineering Heartspace. This scheme combines the refurbishment of two of the most loved and longest serving buildings within the University, the Central Wing and the historic Sir Frederick Mappin building, dating from 1886.

"The transformation helps to underpin the excellence of our Faculty of Engineering and will provide the kind of world-class facilities that our staff and students deserve. We are delighted with the results and look forward to working within these facilities for decades to come.”

Professor Mike Hounslow, Vice-President and Head of the University’s Faculty of Engineering, added "The Engineering Heartspace is a high-quality social and collaborative space, created by transforming the derelict area between the two oldest buildings on the university’s estate. Through the careful renovation and refurbishment of the Sir Frederick Mappin Building and the Central Wing, we have vastly improved the functionality of the two buildings, whilst staying true to their heritage and character."

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A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, the University of Sheffield offers teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

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