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Sheffield Research Centre : Arthur Willis Building

Sheffield University Building, England, UK – design by Bond Bryan Architects

6 Apr 2009

Sheffield Environmental Research Centre

Design: Bond Bryan Architects

University of Sheffield’s £4.4 million environmental research centre with ‘bee holes’ handed over – WWII bombsite rubble forms basis of site covering artesian well

The University of Sheffield’s new Arthur Willis building, complete with ‘bee holes’ for insects to fly in and out, has been handed over by Bond Bryan Architects.

Sheffield Environmental Research Centre Arthur Willis building Sheffield

The £4.4 million facility, named after the late Emeritus Professor of Botany, will house specialist research teams studying the behaviour of plants and social insects, such as ants and bees. The ‘bee holes’ in the exterior walls allow bees to reach nearby hives.

The single-storey research facility blends into woodland off Northumberland Road in central Sheffield and covers 630m². The adjoining greenhouse, an integral part of the University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, covers a further 650m².

Project architect Matt Hutton says: “This elegant building is hidden away on an unusual and challenging site – an old dam in-filled with bomb rubble from the WWII and with an artesian well running beneath it.

“We have incorporated a woodland management scheme which will re-establish native species to the site.

“The bee flight room has holes in the wall linked directly to the bee flight paths, so their behaviour can be observed as they come in and out of the building. It is the first time we have been asked to include such a feature in a building. Usually we are required to keep animals out of our buildings, not allow them in.

“These rooms have been designed to stay at a constant temperature as many of the ants and other insects will be imported from hot climates.”

Professor Peter Fleming, chair of the University’s project executive group that oversaw the Arthur Willis Building, added: “Sheffield, with its ‘green’ attributes and natural and industrial sites of scientific interest, is an ideal place to carry out extensive ecological research. The new facilities will enable both the city and the University to be placed at the forefront of global environmental issues.”

Previously:

University of Sheffield Research Centre

30 Apr 2007: News from Bond Bryan Architects

Planning Permission Granted for University of Sheffield’s £4.4m Environmental Research Centre

Sheffield University Building

Planning permission has been granted for a £4.4 million facility in which researchers from the University of Sheffield will study the behaviour of plants and social insects, such as ants and bees.

The building, designed by Bond Bryan Architects, will include several ‘bee holes’ built into the exterior walls to allow bees to fly into and out of the facility from nearby hives.

The single-storey research facility will be built in woodland off Northumberland Road and will cover 630 square metres. The adjoining greenhouse, which will be an integral part of the University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences will cover a further 650 square metres.

Project Architect Matt Hutton says: “This building is sympathetically designed to enrich its immediate surroundings, including sustainability features, such as a green roof.”

“The building, which will sit within a derelict site already owned by the University, will incorporate a great many natural materials into the design. We are working with the University and Local Authority to establish a woodland management scheme which will re-establish native species to the site.

“A bee flight room is integrated within the building, with holes in the wall linked directly to the bee flight paths, so their behaviour can be observed as they come in and out of the building. It is the first time we have been asked to include such a feature in a building. Usually we are required to keep bees and ants out of our buildings, not in.

“These rooms have been designed to stay at a constant temperature as many of the ants and other insects will be imported from hot climates.”

Professor Peter Fleming, Pro-Vice Chancellor for External Relations at the University, added: “Sheffield, with its ‘green’ attributes and natural and industrial sites of scientific interest, is an ideal place to carry out extensive ecological research. The new facilities will enable both the city and the University to be placed at the forefront of global environmental issues.”

Construction of the building commences in June 2007 and work is expected to be completed in summer 2008.

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