Topping out ceremony to mark The Diamond progress

Topping out ceremony to mark The Diamond progress

26 January 2015

Professor Mike Hounslow, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, joined Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield on the roof of The Diamond building to perform an official topping out ceremony to mark progress on the £81 million development.

Scheduled to open for teaching this September, the University of Sheffield’s largest ever investment in teaching and learning will create a fantastic place for modern multidisciplinary teaching. As well as specialist engineering teaching facilities, the six storey building will also house a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library and IT services, and plenty of space for informal get-togethers.

Building work began in autumn 2013 and the city has seen the remarkable transformation from groundwork preparation to the now completed framework of The Diamond at the heart of the University campus.

Over the next couple of months, The Diamond will acquire its dramatic external facade of anodised aluminium, and work is already well underway to complete the internal layout, which includes a chemical engineering pilot plant, a semi-conductor clean room, a flight simulator and control room and a virtual reality suite. The building will also include an extension of the University’s award-winning Information Commons, with around 1,000 innovative study spaces.

Speaking at the topping out event, Professor Mike Hounslow said that The Diamond would not only provide a wonderful space for students and staff, but was a vital part of the University’s wider commitment to see engineering and high value manufacturing at the heart of the City Region’s economic future.

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