No matter where we work in the university we are able to recognise the important role our campus plays to successfully do what we do; we have some excellent facilities already and others that don’t work as well. Parts where our campuses are under pressure and the facilities are not as good as we would like them to be.
The campus plan is about putting in place a 20 year plan to take us from where we are now to an estate that delivers what we need in the future. We have developed a set of principles that will inform all the work that we do on the estate going forward, the campus plan and the principles provide a compass to guide our decisions and investments we make over the next 20 years.
The first phase of the campus plan will last about five years, taking us up to about 2023-24.
During that period of time we need to look at how we best utilise the estate we have already, a new Space Management Group will work across all faculties with the aim of improving timetabling and space utilisation to unlock the capacity of our existing estate. This approach is a quicker and more efficient way of dealing with the capacity pressures.
The plan will also direct strategic investment over the next five years, beginning with creating a new campus heart and identity right at the centre of Sheffield, maximising our position right at the gateway of the city.
- Re-location of occupants from the Science Park buildings and closure of the car park to create a site for the development of new buildings
- The construction of a new Blocks A & B for departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities on the site of the Science Park car park – once complete this will enable the faculty to re-locate from Collegiate to City Campus
- The construction of a new Business School on the site of the Science Park buildings, Blocks C & D
- Once the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities have re-located from Heart of the Campus to City Campus, we will be able to commence works to re-configure parts of Robert Winston Building and Heart of the Campus to accommodate the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
- The refurbishment of part of the HUBS building to bring more timetabled activity and footfall into the building
- Commence refurbishment of Owen Building to create a new Professional Services Hub on the upper floors
- Construction of ‘University Green’ to create a new campus heart in the City Campus;
- The final works in this phase are planned to be the demolition of Surrey and Howard Buildings to create space for a new building in this area under the next phase
- Short term works have been agreed with Faculties and Professional Services, initial works are being progressed. The works for next year are currently being planned.
Looking further ahead; after Phase 1 work will be focused around creating the central heart of the campus, a new student hub and start refurbishing works across the rest of the estate, with the long-term aim of moving off Collegiate Campus and having a single, flexible and vibrant city campus.