Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Associate Director: Matt Hutton
Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
Services/Structural Engineer: CPW/SKM
Contractor: Balfour Beaty
Construction Value: £25 million
Completion Date: March 2016
Gross Internal Floor Area: 9,500 Square Metres
The proposal was a new build of approximately 9,500 sqm for Sheffield Hallam University's Faculty of Development and Society. Sitting within the CIQ (Cultural Industries Quarter) in Sheffield and adjacent the Grade II* Listed Butcher Works, the development sought to respond to the historical significance of the site whilst creating a modern and contemporary facility for the University.
The design is very simple in that it used the trace of Brown Lane (palimipsest) as an urban design driver for the atrium heart space/orientation device. Two flexible teaching blocks were positioned either side at a high level, opening out to showcase the educational and social facilities at ground level. The building was topped off with a unique roofscape and roof garden to reflect the historical significance of the site and take advantage of Sheffield's topography.
The original client brief stated a requirement to link the existing Arundel building and the proposed Charles Street building education departments via a bridge link. As part of a public art proposal discussed with the council, BA approached local interior designer Corin Mellor of David Mellor Design, to collaborate on the bridge design. Historically the site was an old cutlery manufacturing location on which David Mellor previously had a workshop, so Corin and his team were excited to get involved. They created a stunning concept that reflects the new and old of industry.