HLM Architects, who this year are celebrating 40 years in Sheffield, are supporting the University of Sheffield’s agenda as a sustainable, world-class organisation. 

The university’s flagship 17,000m² Social Sciences building on Whitham Road aims to meet the future growth demands of the faculty up to 2035, through creating a world class, sustainable building that reflects the faculty’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Once complete, the new building will provide shared facilities for the whole faculty as well as bespoke accommodation for the departments of sociological studies, economics and politics. This will bring together major research centres across the faculty to encourage collaborative working and help address key global challenges.

Achieving a BREEAM Outstanding rating, the building design includes ground source heating, photovoltaic panels, low water fittings and high thermal mass to reduce its energy use. It has blue roofs and rain gardens as part of a sustainable drainage scheme which will also enhance the biodiversity of the site. It has been praised for its positive contribution to both economic and social sustainability which includes the creation of a neighbourhood pocket park, cafe and flexible facilities that can be used by the local community.

Ben Carrack (right), project associate at HLM Architects said: “I have been fortunate to be involved with a number of significant projects for the University such as The Arts Tower and The Transformer projects, with the current Social Sciences building being the latest in our ongoing relationship.

“Not only does the project fulfil a major element of the University’s overall masterplan, the completed building and surrounding landscape works will become a real asset to the wider Sheffield community. It’s a privilege to be involved in such a prestigious project, right on our doorstep.”