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Wednesday30 July 2014

Controversial RMJM uni scheme gets OK

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Work involves demolishing grade II listed building

RMJM has been given planning for a new engineering building at Sheffield University.

The scheme will involve demolishing a grade II listed Edwardian wing of the Jessop Hospital which was originally built in 1878.

English Heritage, the Victorian Society and the Sheffield Community Heritage Forum had all raised concerns about the plans which attracted 182 objections – more than double the 72 in favour.

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RMJM’s Sheffield University proposals

But the city council has given it the green light with work beginning next year and due to finish in 2016.

The new £81 million building will cover 19,500sq m, alongside 19 teaching laboratories across six floors. It will house an additional 1,600 students by 2020 plus a further 400 teaching staff.

The scheme still has to be rubber-stamped by communities secretary Eric Pickles but the university’s pro- vice chancellor Mike Hounslow said: “With the council’s support, we are confident that the case for approval has been fully made.”

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  • Well done RMJM. This is beyond admirable given that your doing this work amid all the rubbish you're up against. All the best of luck in the world, and I can't wait to see BD write something positive about you for once.

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  • Wonder if RMJM's building lasts as long as the 134 years of the one their demolishing?
    Probably only has a service life of 50 to 60 years.

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  • Existing grade 2 building of absolutely no merit, being replaced with similar?

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  • To clarify, the design appears to be a simple glass box. Which if it is well detailled would have been a much more elegant solution. As it is it seems they've bottled it and gone for the easy option of a unnecessary and inarticulate cladding over it. Doubtless it was thought this added 'interest'.
    Good to see Sheffield get a much needed new building, such a shame about the quality.

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  • Scott Dale

    A thousand different places for birds to roost. Those facades are going to acquire a whole new unintended patina in the next few years.

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  • I don't know anything about the hospital building, but remind me what the point of listing actually is? Is anything actually safe?

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  • One Word..... CARBUNCLE

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  • Here's the very handsome building they want to demolish:

    http://www.jessophospital.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/10813_jessop2.jpg

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  • Citizen,
    Err, no that's not the building. That's part of the old hospital that's already been refurbished and now home to University of Sheffield's Music Department. The bit they want to demolish is behind this and is the remnants of a facade which has been knocked about a bit with various patches and 50s, 60s & 70s extensions/windows etc.
    They've probably kept the best bit. Still Sheffield Council do equate old with worthy for some reason.

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  • Am I the only one who thinks it looks like a plastic storage crate?

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