An application for planning permission and Listed Building Consent was submitted on behalf of the University of Sheffield for the demolition of workshops and labs, alterations, improvements and repairs to the Sir Frederick Mappin Building and the Central Wing, and the erection of a glazed atrium to provide academic and administrative space alongside the creation of a new entrance to St. George’s Campus from Portobello Street. The scheme was designed by Bond Bryan Architects.
The Mappin Building and associated railings are Grade II Listed were added to the heritage list in 1973 and are located opposite the Listed St. George’s Church, from which the St. George’s Quarter of the City Centre takes its name. The St. George’s Campus is at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s city campus.
It was demonstrated that the proposal satisfied the need to upgrade the teaching facilities and meet the requirements for the University’s growing Engineering Faculty. This was essential to support the continued growth of student recruitment and research income as well as delivering a more sustainable building in terms of thermal performance. The improvements to the function of the buildings as well as the refurbishment of the listed elements and high quality new atrium Heartspace complied with the requirements of local and national planning policy.
Full planning permission and Listed Building Consent was granted on 23rd December 2015 with unanimous support from Council Members.