Wednesday, June 3, 2015

News: Clegg awarded AMP construction contract

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Clegg Construction has been awarded the £3m tender from the University of Sheffield to build the latest project on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham.

A 13,000 sq ft extension to the existing Casting Technology International (Cti) facility is being planned so that it can become the only place in the UK that can produce large scale titanium castings for the next generation of aircraft.

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is a world class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. It acquired internationally renowned Cti and Titanium Castings (UK) Ltd, the subsidiary that manufactures castings from titanium alloys, in 2013.

A £7m government grant as part of the Aerospace Growth Partnership will fund the new facility at Cti which will allow companies within the aerospace industry to develop the capability to melt and manufacture precision castings in the UK instead of this work being carried out abroad.

A planning application for the latest development was approved in April. Designed by Sheffield architects, Bond Bryan, the extension will be used to house a new large titanium furnace and workshop space for all the required ancillary operational facilities. On the western end of the existing building, the 65 ft high extension needs to be able to accommodate the furnace and crane facilities above it to transport two tonne castings around the building. The existing building is 41 ft at its highest point.

The extension will cost around £2m with the furnace set to cost around £4.5m. It will enable The AMRC to carry out the flexible, "fast make" manufacturing of large scale, one-off aerospace pieces.
The extension is 26.9% of the existing building area and will employ an additional 25 staff. It will be built directly adjacent to and completely cover the western façade of the current building.

The new facility will be able to cast large structural parts with a poured weight of up to 1,000kg. All investment casting producers in the UK are currently limited in component size to 50kg - 100kg as a maximum poured weight.

Nottingham-based Clegg Construction, a nationwide operation with a turnover in excess of £100m per annum, has been awarded the contract for the construction of the Cti extension.

As the AMRC pushes forward for its "AMRC 2" campus over the Parkway on Sheffield Business Park, one further project on the AMP could see its AMRC Training Centre doubling in size.

AMRC website

Images: Bond Bryan / AMRC

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