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Sheffield University £81m project green-lighted

Sheffield University has been given planning permission to develop an £81 million new engineering hub.

But the development will still need to be signed-off by the secretary of state Eric Pickles as it involves the demolition of a Grade II listed building, a former women’s hospital, already on the site.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Keith Burnett, said he was confident that – like Monday’s planning meeting – the potential boost to Sheffield’s economy from the project will outweigh concerns about the historic building.

‘With the council’s support, we are confident that the case for approval has been fully made,” he said.

“This decision not only means we can soon start work on our fantastic new building, but also makes it possible for us to carry out an ambitious refurbishment programme to bring all our engineering estate up to the standard our staff and students deserve.”

Construction on the new development is expected to begin in 2013, and the building should be fully operational by 2016. The university expects 1600 additional engineering students by 2020 with around 400 additional staff due to be recruited.

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