One of the most challenging objectives of the European research concerning nuclear fusion technology, promoted by the EUROfusion consortium, is to bring stellarator-type nuclear fusion devices to maturity. To this purpose, studies on a large HELIcal-axis advanced stellarator (HELIAS), extrapolated from Wendelstein 7-X and based on a 5-fold symmetry (HELIAS 5-B), are currently ongoing. The HELIAS 5-B stellarator reactor will be endowed with a breeding blanket (BB) system to allow for the self-sustainability of the nuclear fusion reaction and make it suitable for electricity generation. In this paper, we present the first ever heterogeneous mechanical design and the preliminary structural assessment of a bean-shaped ring of a HELIAS 5-B BB sector. The proposed mechanical design, which is based on the helium-cooled pebble bed (HCPB) BB concept and developed according to the “sandwich” architecture, foresees an actively cooled segment box connected to a back-supporting structure equipped with manifolds. The internal region (breeding zone) is reinforced by actively cooled steel plates. The proposed heterogeneous design was checked against nominal loads and an in-box loss of coolant accidental scenario, which is a typical design driver for BBs. ... mehrThe assessment has been performed according to the RCC-MRx structural design code. Our results are herewith presented and critically discussed, focusing on the potential follow-up of the HELIAS 5-B HCPB BB design.