Work to get underway on £220m revamp at Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Hallam University has appointed three partner suppliers to form the Hallam Alliance, a ground-breaking new construction industry procurement and delivery model which aims to inspire change in the industry.
The Alliance, the first of its kind in the UK for a university building programme, is made up of the university and BDP-Arup (design-led consultancy), BAM (construction) and CBRE
The first phase could see £220million invested over the next five years and will focus on the University’s city centre estate and create a new gateway to the city, transforming the campus and supporting the wider ongoing development of the city of Sheffield.
It will see the creation of a destination state-of-the art, sustainable campus featuring new buildings and green spaces between Sheffield Station and Arundel Gate. It includes new
buildings with teaching facilities and staff workplaces for the Sheffield Business School (SBS) and Social Sciences which will be surrounded by vibrant and inviting outdoor spaces
to benefit health and wellbeing. It will provide a forum for civic engagement, collective congregation and social interactions at all levels benefitting students, staff, industry partners
and residents of and visitors to the City of Sheffield.
The initial project for the Hallam Alliance will be the delivery of the first phase of the University’s campus plan – with work due to start this month on renovations to the atrium of
the University’s Owen Building. Partners will work collaboratively through all stages of design, construction and operation to maximise transformation and deliver best long-term
MACE and Fulcrum are providing Scheme and Programme Management services. The model provides an opportunity to reform the way major projects are created and designed. The collaborative and cohesive mind-set in construction procurement and delivery is designed to better deliver well-designed, well-built and well-managed buildings.
As part of its Transforming Lives strategy to become the world’s leading applied university, the Hallam Alliance is one of the first adopters of the new NEC4 alliance contract.
The alliance will operate under a clear governance structure (missing from most traditional delivery methods), with formal cooperative boards which require unanimous agreement,
making decisions on issues on a "best for project" basis.
Daniel Ladbury, Director of Estates and Facilities at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “The agreement of the Alliance contract marks the culmination of over two years of hard
work the University has led on to challenge the industry to deliver better buildings. The Hallam Alliance provides a unique opportunity as we look to the future in these challenging
times to create a high performing and efficient estate that provides fantastic places for students, staff and visitors to learn, collaborate, and innovate whilst enabling us to continually learn and improve.
“The University has ambitious goals for its campus developments as they support the delivery of our Transforming Lives strategy. To support this, the Hallam Alliance approach
will not only enable the transformation of our estate, it will also transform how we deliver and manage our estate and our vision to drive industry change whilst driving efficiency and best
“The Hallam Alliance provides a unique opportunity to bring academia, professional services and industry together to solve the current and future challenges currently facing universities,
the commercial sector and the construction industry and we look forward to realising a new benchmark for successful developments over the coming years.”