University of Sheffield

ICoSS Building, University of Sheffield

This project provided a new £3.3m specialist research facility for the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICoSS) faculty at the university. The brief was to create a state-of-the-art laboratory, maximising use of sustainable technology, and forming an important landmark at the hub of the proposed new Jessops Campus.

The ICoSS comprises approximately 1,850 square metres of new build, spread over five floors. The building includes a small public open space, which provides an opportunity for a new pedestrian link to the Jessops Campus, and on which the main entrance is located.

The design is a landmark facility in terms of both its sustainable performance and its physical presence. The open space has an elevated, sculptural conference room, which opens up new views across the site and forms a dramatic marker for the building’s entrance.