Friday, May 11, 2012

News: Rotherham developments up for awards


Three new buildings in Rotherham are on the shortlist for the 2012 RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards, recognising the achievements and success of the property professionals involved.

RICS (the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) received 64 entries for the high profile awards and 48 entries made the shortlist. They are now in with a chance of winning one of the nine prestigious awards which will be announced at an event in Leeds tonight.

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) is shortlisted in the Design & Innovation category. Designed for the University of Sheffield by architects, Bond Bryan, the centre (pictured, top) is located on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

The Nuclear AMRC provides a focal point for the bulk of the UK civil nuclear manufacturing industry supply chain, ensuring that manufacturers in the UK have the capability and capacity required to compete for nuclear new build in the UK and globally, from skills training to research and development.

Built by BAM Construction, the 8,000 sq m iconic building cost around £17.5m and opened in October 2011. It was built to "Excellent" BREEAM environmental standards. The core of the building contains almost 6,000 sq m of workshop space, containing a range of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment tailored for nuclear industry applications.

In order to accommodate the large components that make up new nuclear power stations, the workspace has a 10m to hook height and craneage able to take 50 tonnes.

The building also features accommodation over three stories at the front of the building, including laboratory and technical support space, a VR cave for virtual assembly research and training, plus office space and secure meeting rooms.

Two Rotherham developments are shortlisted in the Community Benefit category - The Rawmarsh Joint Service Centre and Rotherham MyPlace.

Myplace Rotherham (pictured, above) is the new £3.4m youth centre and is part of the national Myplace initiative. It has been developed by a local partnership led by YMCA White Rose and involving the Council and other local partners.

Designed by Rotherham Council's in-house architects and built by Wildgoose Construction, the centre off St Ann's roundabout in Rotherham town centre, includes a theatre, professional recording studio, IT suite, activity rooms, meeting rooms and a café.

The Joint Service Centre at Rawmarsh (pictured, right) is set for an official opening this month and is the result of a joint collaboration between NHS Rotherham and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. It was designed by the council's in house architects and built by Henry Boot Construction.

The £5m building provides access to council services and a new library in addition to new changing facilities for users of the adjacent sports field. It also includes community health services together with a GP practice and pharmacy.

Nuclear AMRC website

Myplace Rotherham website

RMBC website

Images: Nuclear AMRC / Myplace Rotherham / Henry Boot


Tom,  May 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM  

The Rotherham buildings missed out on winning any awards although the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre was Highly Commended in Design & Innovation category.

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