Sheffield Hallam's 'Heart of the Campus' Building Nominated for Architectural Award

Sheffield Hallam University's brand new £27 million development at Collegiate Crescent has been nominated for a prestigious 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire award.

The new Heart of the Campus is a three storey landmark development which reflects the University's ethos, enhancing teaching and learning and responding to the character of the local conservation area.

The building has brought staff and students based at the campus together, in an open, energy-efficient building with cutting edge facilities. It includes informal learning spaces, a café, rooftop garden, lecture theatre and even has its own courtroom for mock trials.

The building is heated by ground source heat pumps, and features solar panels, a green roof and rainwater harvesting.

The Heart of the Campus was designed by HLM Architects and has proved to be extremely popular with students and staff. In a recent survey 95% of students said Heart of the Campus enhanced their experience, describing it as innovative, modern, spacious, clean, bright, useful, fresh, stylish and open.

Mark Swales, Director of Estates and Facilities at Sheffield Hallam, said:

"We are delighted that our world-class Heart of the Campus building has been nominated for this leading award."

"It gives our students high-quality, innovative teaching and learning facilities. But it also creates a true heart, where students can come together - for informal social gatherings or for more structured learning. The building is also sympathetic to the heritage and leafy environment of this picturesque conservation area, and features artwork created by artist Chris Tipping which reflects that."

Shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury, with the winners of the award announced on the evening of Thursday 23 April. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the national 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.  

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