Firth Court, viewed from Western Bank
|Location||Sheffield, South Yorkshire|
|Floor count||Between 5 and 10 (see text)|
Firth Court is the main administrative centre for the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England, and also houses the Department for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Biomedical Science. It is linked, via the Addison Building to the Alfred Denny Building.
Firth Court stands at the heart of the University of Sheffield precinct on Western Bank. The building was opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1905, the same year that the University of Sheffield was granted its royal charter and officially came into being.
Firth Hall is named after Sheffield steel manufacturer Mark Firth who played a key role in the University of Sheffield's early development. The building originally housed the University's Arts, Science and Medicine departments.
The main entrance is on floor C, from this point up there are four complete floors (up to F floor which houses the first of the MBB lecture theatres (F2) and research labs) and then G floor which is divided into several sections (housing the second lecture theatre (G2) and seminar rooms). This gives the five floors sometimes quoted, however the department's NMR facility extends downwards from floor C and is housed on B (which is ground level at the back of the building), A and a further floor below this which has no official designation. In places the building extends above G floor, these towers do not have official floor letters but extend to what would be I floor. Counted from the bottom of the NMR pit to the highest research laboratory (that of Dr Milton Wainwright) Firth court is 10 floors.
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