The University of Sheffield
32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield S3 7RD
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The Diamond is the largest capital investment in teaching and learning ever undertaken by the University of Sheffield. The 19,500m2 building houses specialist engineering laboratories, lecture theatres, flexible teaching spaces, workshops, a learning resource centre and formal and informal study environments for up to 5,000 students. The ethos of the building is to support work across the full spectrum of engineering, from fundamental science to professional practice. The design provides a public route at ground floor level. A central atrium at first floor enables people to view the ‘showcase’ engineering activities being undertaken and promotes collaboration and cross-disciplinary working in an environment fit for 21st century research and practice.
The Diamond is named after its distinctive anodised aluminium and glass facade, which draws inspiration from the detailing of the surrounding historic buildings and in particular the stone tracery that frames the windows of the adjacent church. It also references ‘cellular automaton’, a discrete model studied in the field of engineering and used by the University to describe how the microstructure of steel changes during processing.