High hopes for a new state-of-the-art school for engineers of the future

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HIGH VALUE has been placed on Sheffield’s new state-of-the-art school of engineering as its name was revealed to the public.

Sheffield University’s new £81m facility, which is its largest investment in teaching and learning, has been officially named The Diamond. The university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett and Sheffield Central’s Labour MP Paul Blomfield revealed the new name during a visit to the city centre site, where work on the six-story building and campus is already underway. It is expected to create 500 jobs and contribute £44.5 million to the local economy during construction and the first year of operation.

City leaders say they hope the eye-catching design will win over campaigners who fought against plans for the new department, which led to demolition of the Edwardian wing of the city’s Jessop Hospital.

Prof Burnett said: “Even though it won’t be completed until next year, The Diamond is already making a great contribution to our academic life, giving many of our engineering students the opportunity for regular site visits to see for themselves how what they’re learning at university is translated into practice on a major construction site.”

Mr Blomfield added: “The Diamond really will be the jewel in the crown, not only for the university itself, but also for the city.”

Construction is on track to be completed and ready to welcome students in time for the start of the 2015/16 academic year next September.