In April 2016 our new £32 million building, Charles Street, was fully opened to students and staff for the first time. It provides a home for the Sheffield Institute of Education – part of the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities – which brings together the University’s teacher education provision and education research.

Charles Street includes a 268-seat lecture theatre, flexible, state of the art teaching and learning spaces, social spaces and a café. The innovative design also includes outside terraced areas and a specially-commissioned bridge designed by Corin Mellor, which connects Charles Street to the adjacent Arundel.

The iconic 7-storey building is built in two halves, split by Brown Lane, and lies on an historic grid pattern which has been retained in the design of Charles Street. Other nods to the site’s metalworking heritage include a tessellated pattern of deer antlers on the gates and brick patterns inspired by the existing iron grates around the Grade II Butcher Works opposite.

Our investment in Charles Street is part of the University’s overall aim to improve the student experience and enhance our reputation.


  • Sheffield Design Awards 2016 – ‘Best Building’ – nomination
  • Education Estates Awards 2017 – ‘Project of the Year’ – nomination
  • Education Estates Awards 2017 – ‘Innovative Teaching Award’ – win
  • Brick Awards 2017 – ‘Education Building’ – nomination
  • RIBA 2018 – Yorkshire Region – shortlist

Building Information Guide for Charles Street.

Project Manager:  Chris Dales