Sheffield Hallam University has announced that it has been given the go-ahead to begin a development project of its Collegiate Campus.

The higher education facility is set to spend £25 million revamping the campus to provide more enjoyable and hi-tech surroundings for its current students and the new intake in future academic years. The development is expected to be completed by autumn 2014 and is set to create "impressive new facilities" culminating in a "fantastic experience" for students that are based in the area, according to officials.

The building will be mainly used by staff, undergraduates and postgraduates of the Development and Society, Health and Wellbeing faculties. However, the £25 million investment will not solely be earmarked for the Collegiate Campus as some funds will also go towards the refurbishment of existing buildings as well as the demolition of some structures. The Heart of the Campus, Marshall Hall and Yorkon have all been earmarked to be knocked down and replaced by the new structure which is due to begin in the spring of 2013.

University officials have stated that they want the development to signify the institute's commitment to delivering a sustainable estate and will target to achieve a BREEAM excellence rating.

It will also utilise a Building Information Modelling (BIM) to help encourage joint ventures with designers and speed up construction times. The project's architects HLM have already voiced their "delight" to be working with the university to develop an "exciting" new campus at the heart of the south Yorkshire institute.

Director of estates and facilities at Sheffield Hallam, Mark Swales, said: "It is important that we invest in the future of Sheffield Hallam University and its staff and students, and that we stand by our commitment to remaining a two campus university.

"We are working closely with the planners to ensure the new development at Collegiate Campus will be innovative, allowing students, staff and the local community to better enjoy the environment and heritage of the picturesque campus."

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