University of Sheffield will be better integrated with the city centre

Grant Associates to help transform university public realm

Grant Associates is to develop and deliver phase one of the public realm for The University of Sheffield which, it claims, is set to revolutionise the university’s campus, opening it up to the public and linking it firmly with the city centre.

The ambitious campus masterplan designed by Grant Associates in collaboration with architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, sets out The University of Sheffield's plans over the next 10-15 years to create a unified, sustainable and green campus.

The aim is to enhance the environment for students, staff, visitors and the wider community, and ‘to integrate the University seamlessly with the rest of the city’.

Grant Associates’ designs include include Arts Tower Court, a landscaped courtyard with water feature, trees, lawn, café and plenty of places to sit. This area will link to the existing Weston Park via a garden terrace.

University Square, a vibrant green space, will sit at the heart of the campus as a central meeting space, and St George’s Green will be enhanced with trees, meadow and hedgerow planting.

Improvements will also be made for pedestrians and cyclists who need to cross major roads to get around the university. Two new bike hubs will provide more than 500 secure spaces, with shower and changing facilities to support and encourage sustainable travel.

A number of landmarks in and around the university campus will benefit from innovative transformations, says Grant Associates, including the Arts Tower, St George’s Church, Western Bank and Leavygreave Road. 

‘From the outset the Sheffield University Masterplan has been underpinned by a landscape-led approach,’ says Grant Associates director Keith French. ‘We’ve set out to transform the public realm – creating a thread of streets, squares, gardens and spaces that will help to link together the east and west campus, and to improve the university experience for students, staff and visitors. It will also help the university become better integrated with the city, and to create a distinctive university quarter.’

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