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Issued:17/12/12

Students at Sheffield Hallam University are benefiting from a three year project which is completely refurbishing the University's two learning centres.

The £6m three phase project has resulted in more PCs, new furniture, more group learning and presentation spaces, more energy-efficient lighting, better heating, and the creation of around 100 additional learning spaces.

The refurbishment, led by London-based Alexi Marmot Associates (AMA), has also introduced new services for students, such as automated book sorting.

Maurice Teasdale, head of advisory and operations at Sheffield Hallam, said: "Based on listening to what students want, we've created a new, vibrant learning environment, which allows for a wider range of group learning activities.

"The result is a place to study that stimulates and supports learning, and conveys the excitement of discovery, and is easy to navigate and comfortable to spend time studying in. We're providing students with the sort of forward thinking spaces they need to learn the skills to make them high-performing, employable graduates."

The newly-refurbished Adsetts learning centre
The newly-refurbished Adsetts learning centre

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Isis Mason, who is studying for a degree in languages with international business, said: “It’s just great in Adsetts now. It’s a place you really want to study in, as soon as you walk in you’re in the mind-set to work in a really comfortable environment.

"The new changes also mean you can work together in the perfect surroundings no matter what the subject.”

The lead designer, David Jenkin of AMA, said: “Using evidence from occupation surveys and involving both students and staff in the process allowed AMA to transform the building into a totally student-focussed facility, providing a whole range of different places for study.”

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