Sheffield University Resource Centre

Sheffield University, Resource Centre. Image: RMJM

Sheffield University, Resource Centre. Image: RMJM

Contact

Martin Burden. Ramboll

Martin Burden

Consulting Director, Buildings
T: +44 7903 682 572

Stepan Ruzicka

MSc PhD CEnv MCIWEM, Director, Environment and Health
T: +44 2076 315 291
As part of a larger project to enhance student services, we worked on the new resource centre for Sheffield University. The five to seven storey concrete frame structure houses study spaces, book stacks, classrooms, offices and a visitor centre.

At the building's north elevation, the upper floors are saw-toothed in plan, with glazing on the inner flat edge of each tooth and copper cladding on the curved outer edge. The ground floor is extensively glazed with some stone treatment. The south elevation is a straight plane; here the floor plate is stepped back to allow for a full height lightwell, with a steel and glass scissor stair providing circulation to all levels.

The concrete frame is exposed to provide thermal mass. To achieve a high quality finish while maximizing floor to ceiling heights, we proposed a flat slab Cobiax floor system. Permanent precast concrete shutters formed a base onto which an in situ concrete topping was poured. Voids were introduced into the poured concrete using air-filled plastic balls — 40% of which used recycled plastics. This reduced structural mass by 20% helped to minimize foundation loads.

Ramboll

Ramboll
240 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NW
United Kingdom
Tel:+44 20 7631 5291
Fax:+44 845 299 1610

Mail: london@ramboll.co.uk

Company registration

Company registration

Ramboll UK Limited. Registered in England & Wales. Company registration no. 03659970. Registered office: 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW


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