Halifax HallHalifax Hall – alterations & refurbishment

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The University of Sheffield
Turner Townsend
March 2008
September 2009




Project Description

The works included alterations and refurbishment of a nineteenth century Hall to provide new conferencing facilities, break out areas, meeting rooms and reception area.

The work had to be done sensitively to maintain and renovate the existing historic features.

The work also includes external natural stone patio, ramp access and resin bonded grit pathways.


The site was immediately adjacent to Bovis Lendlease who were constructing new build student accommodation and the site entrance was shared with Bovis.

Also students were living in accommodation adjacent to the works and provision for this in terms of noise and disruption had to be managed, particularly during the exam period.

A major problem was encountered logistically in lifting the air conditioning unit onto the roof. Space was tight and it was almost impossible for the crane to access the area. It was also almost impossible to position the crane to enable the lift to be executed.

The problem was overcome by very careful planning and liaison with the University and Bovis Landlease to obtain an alternative access from the rear of the campus.

An eighty ton crane was employed to carry out the lift.The air conditioning unit was successfully lifted into position with minimal disruption to the University and Bovis Lendlease activities.

The result of this hard work and planning is a fantastic new facility for Sheffield University, including conference rooms and a welcoming reception and circulation area.

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