University officials have broken the ground at the site of what will become a landmark in education provision across the city, the new Sheffield Institute of Education.

The new building in Charles Street is part of a £110m investment programme at Sheffield Hallam University and will bring together teacher and workforce education together with two research centres, the Centre for Science Education and the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research.

Students’ Union President Howard Duffy, SIoE Director Professor Sam Twiselton, Pro Vice Chancellor for Development and Society Professor John Leach, Director of Estates and Facilities Mark Swales, and Balfour Beatty Project Director Simon Baldwin.

Its remit includes undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, teacher education, research and knowledge transfer.

By January 2015, the Institute will be based in the University’s new £30million development on Charles Street in Sheffield. The building features a central covered walk-way and a concertina-effect walkway designed by Corin Mellor.

Professor John Leach, Pro Vice Chancellor for Development and Society, cut the turf on the site watched by Mark Swales, director of estates and facilities at Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield Institute of Education director, Professor Sam Twiselton.

Professor Twiselton said:  “I am looking forward to leading the Sheffield Institute of Education, working with expert practitioners and leading academics to improve teacher education further in the region.

“I am relishing the prospect of bringing my experience of working with creative and dynamic practitioners and academics to realise a vision for the Institute that will have a positive and measurable impact on policy and practice.”

Jon Adams, Managing Director, Major Projects North and Midlands for Balfour Beatty added: “This project at Sheffield Hallam builds on our extensive portfolio in the higher education sector, where we have been particularly successful in recent months. We are committed to working with Sheffield Hallam to deliver a prestigious new University building which meets the needs of its students and faculty now and in the future.”

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