Tuesday, July 28, 2015

News: IMechE to create a new specialist training centre

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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is investing £2m in a new specialist training centre on Sheffield Business Park.

IMechE is an independent engineering society working to raise the profile of mechanical engineering. The building will become the principle training and examination centre for Argyle-Ruane Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institution which is a global leading provider of non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection training and consultancy services.

Acquired by IMechE in 2012, Argyle-Ruane Ltd currently has operations in the Meadowbank area of Rotherham.

NDT is the application of non-intrusive measurement techniques that identify damage and irregularities in materials such as pressure vessels, storage tanks and other safety-critical components.

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The building will house unique teaching facilities for a range of disciplines, as well as meeting and conference facilities and Level 3 consultancy support. Alongside the training and certification operations, there will also be a business centre for the Institution's members as well a large lecture theatre for various seminars and events.

Replacing existing offices in Sheffield and Rotherham, the expansion increases the teaching and learning space by nearly three times to 16,900 sq ft. The centre is set to open in September 2015.

Peter Croft, Argyll-Ruane marketing executive with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said: "The move represents a substantial investment in improving the organisation's teaching facilities with new equipment throughout and new interactive LED screens in each classroom to optimise the learning experience of delegates.

"The move will also see an increase in parking facilities and improvements to the catering provision."

Property consultancy Bruton Knowles helped broker the deal. Sam Spencer, agent at Bruton Knowles, said: "We were delighted to work with such a respected organisation and help IMechE to acquire suitable premises.

"With the current increasing investment in the area, the new site will become a centre of excellence for mechanical engineers.

"We wish the Institution of Mechanical Engineers all the best in their new facility."

IMechE website

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