By Daniel Hunter

A new £81 million engineering facility has been given the go ahead at Sheffield University.

Construction on the Jessop East site will create 500 jobs with the building set to put £20.6 million into the Sheffield economy every year.

Planning permission for the development has now been granted by Sheffield City Council.

"We recognise that we have been given a wonderful opportunity to create a fitting legacy for the future, an opportunity we take very seriously indeed," University vice-chancellor Professor Keith Burnett said.

"We are committed to investing in a high quality, stunning building which will not only be the centrepiece for the Faculty of Engineering’s continued success, but will also be a source of enormous pride for the city.

"We are grateful for the support we have received from a wide range of individuals and organisations in helping us develop this proposal over the last year, and today’s news is good for the University, good for the city and good for the people of Sheffield, bringing a much needed economic boost."

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