Heartspace

Structural Designer

Arup and Eastwood & Partners

Client Name

University of Sheffield

Location

Sheffield, UK

STRUCTURAL DESIGNER (FEATURE ROOF & NEW BUILD ELEMENTS)
Arup

STRUCTURAL DESIGNER (REFURBISHMENT & CONSTRUCTION STAGE CONCRETE FRAMES)
Eastwood & Partners

ARCHITECT
Bond Bryan

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Interserve

SPECIALIST ROOF CONTRACTOR & SUPPLIER (FEATURE ROOF CONSTRUCTION STAGE DESIGN)
Waagner Biro 

COST CONSULTANT & CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR
Turner & Townsend

PROJECT MANAGERS, CLIENT'S CLERK OF WORKS
Castle Owen 

BUILDING SERVICES DESIGNER
SDA
  Images: © 1&2-Bond Bryan Architects

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A project to transform a courtyard between two previously disconnected historic university buildings. A quadruple height atrium now houses new working and social spaces. Structural ingenuity comes in the form of the atrium’s striking feature, a curved glass roof. This floods the open internal spaces with light.
 

Submitted in 2020

Judge's comment:

A neglected courtyard has been converted into a quadruple height atrium under a striking feature roof to create a thriving, state-of-the-art University hub. 

The new structure sympathetically fuses two fragmented existing buildings. The engineering-driven parametric roof form crowns the new combined building as a striking feature in Sheffield’s skyline.

The engineers collaborated extensively to formulate a strategy for supporting the new roof that kept it structurally independent from the existing structures to avoid overloading and ensure that the project’s historical integrity was neither damaged nor overshadowed.

The judges admire how the sensitive and contrasting new structure is not only beautiful in itself, but also amplifies the beauty of the existing buildings it is joining together. This project exemplifies the finesse a structural engineer can bring to a project when fully integral to the design team. 

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