ChELSI Project, University of Sheffield
Creative use of dis-used laboratory space at the University of Sheffield was key to securing the future of pioneering research in the city. ChELSI (Chemical Engineering at the Life Science Interfaces) is a unique new research institute at the University of Sheffield which needed a new home. Our design used largely empty multi-storey combustion laboratories within the existing Chemical and Process Engineering Department to rehouse the institute.
The unique refurbishment required new intermediate floors to be inserted overlooking multi-height atrium spaces. A number of highly-serviced laboratory spaces, set adjacent to a flexible ‘ideas zone’, were created to accommodate the expanding research team.
- Interior Design
The proposals have created a spatially-exciting environment which opens up the existing building, and promotes the university’s aspiration for cross-disciplinary collaboration. A low-energy approach was at the heart of the developed scheme, including the introduction of natural daylight ventilation in abundance to the existing deep-plan spaces.
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