The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield is one of the most prominent in the UK. It attracts students and companies from all over the world, who come here to exchange ideas and invent the solutions of tomorrow. They will now be able to meet at the heart of the University, in a new location that brings together ultra-modern laboratories, offices and social spaces. This Heartspace was designed between two historic buildings of the University, under a huge glass roof.

More than 900 panels or 2,500 square meters of glass were supplied for the project. The glazing solution chosen features COOL-LITE XTREME 50/22 II, a extremely high performance, coated glass that combines solar control with functionality and elegance.  The low reflectivity of the glass makes it ideal for the stunning refurbishment project that links beautiful, historic architecture with a curvaceous new glazed roof design.

COOL-LITE XTREME 50/22 II properties ensure optimal solar control and very good insulation. Its performance allows a significant reduction in energy consumption while providing a bright and luminous atmosphere during every season.

This new Heartspace has just won a Yorkshire & Humber Social Impact Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in the education category; demonstrating the project's positive contribution to society.


Project stakeholders

  • Client: University of Sheffield
  • Architect: Bond Bryan
  • Engineer: Arup
  • Main contractor: Tilbury Douglas
  • Glass processor: Saint-Gobain Glassolutions Eckelt


3 Portobello St
Sheffield City Centre
S1 4DT