Monday, May 9, 2016

News: Plans progress for AMRC 2


Further details of the planned advanced manufacturing campus based on the success of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing have been revealed.

In 2014 the institution signed a deal to secure 50 acres of land at Sheffield Business Park, paving the way for the expansion of the AMRC and building on its success on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, where it already operates from 300,000 sq ft of accommodation within seven separate buildings.

A masterplan was submitted which highlights that the development could lead to the creation of 1,494 – 1,881 jobs directly related to the proposal.

With outline planning secured, detailed plans have now been submitted to Sheffield Council for the first phase of multimillion pound research buildings. Drawn up by DLP Planning and Bond Bryan architects. the plans are for four buildings on the site of the former Sheffield City Airport.

The University of Sheffield is part of the £30m National Material Institute, part of the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Material Science and the Royce Translational Centre is planned for the AMRC 2. The 11,700 sq ft materials processing laboratory for the University "will be a state-of-the-art research infrastructure for materials testing and production at demonstration scale."

The aim is to de-risk the steps in the commercialisation of new materials.


The plans add: "The Royce Translational Centre will become a World leading facility for the science of materials processing, coupling the University's internationally renowned expertise in materials science and engineering with unique capability in manufacturing.

"The intention is to create an environment where academy, commerce and government can collaborate to address multi- disciplinary issues of materials processing, to cocreate new knowledge and understanding which is rapidly exploited for commercial, environmental and humanitarian benefit."

The building will include private R&D space combined with a more open reception and atrium area with a double height space with floor to ceiling glazing on the external face.

The Integrated Civil & Infrastructure Research Centre (iCAIR) will be a state-of-the-art building which will help the University foster and accelerate translational innovation in civil engineering, national infrastructure and advanced construction.

The 12,100 sq ft building will be home to around 40 staff and house facilities for manufacturing, robotics and automation and infrastructure sensing. It will contain two workshop areas, an open plan office, a meeting room, reception, circulation, toilets/showers/changing along with catering facilities.
The proposed £11m Structural Dynamics Laboratory for Verification and Validation will provide the ability to test in realistic conditions at full scale and is set to pave the way for engineers to create lighter, greener, safer structures.

The 8,000 sq ft building will provide the capability to test at full scale and across realistic environments rather than in the standard laboratory conditions that are currently used.

The plans also include a 12,400 sq ft Energy Centre, built in two phases in order to meet the energy requirements of the wider masterplan as it is required. It will ultimately include electrical switch gear, a data room, offices for a small maintenance team which will serve the Masterplan and a biomass facility.

The plans for plots five and six will mean removing parts of the runway and the demolition of hangars.

If approved, the proposed buildings will go next to Factory 2050 - the £43m building at the heart of the campus. Opened at the end of 2015, the the revolutionary, glass-walled "reconfigurable factory" contains state of the art technology that are vital to achieving the mass customisation of products now being demanded by companies and consumers.

Planning officers at Rotherham Council are supporting the development of a new advanced manufacturing campus and have no objections in principle to the latest proposed development.

The proposals are seen as key to the emerging Innovation District idea for the Sheffield-Rotherham corridor, where the aim is to develop Europe's largest research-led advanced manufacturing cluster.

AMRC website

Images: AMRC / Bond Bryan


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