Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Director: Darren Southgate
Project Managers: Gardiner & Theobald
Services Engineers: RPS
Civil/Structural Engineers: Curtins
Construction Value: £400 million
Completion Date: 2020
Gross Internal Floor Area: 100,000 square metres
BREEAM Sustainability Rating: Various
The University of Sheffield, Advanced Manufacturing Research Campus (AMRC) on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) has created over 40,000 square metres of advanced manufacturing research space on 20 acres of reclaimed land. The AMRC’s on-going success, and exceptional demand for more research space, has resulted in the University acquiring a further 50 acres of expansion space on the nearby Sheffield Business Park.
A former airfield, this flat large site is ideal for research architecture and industry alike. Using the most easterly part of the site, the University will cluster large-scale buildings around a covered winter garden and boulevard to create a campus-style approach. Contact between different research disciplines provides the catalyst for innovation and pioneering research; the architecture needs to provide for this ‘fortunate happenstance’ with vibrant, light and inspiring spaces.
Factory 2050, the latest AMRC project by the University, will set the standard for development on the site. A fully glazed circular factory hall will demonstrate what next generation advanced engineering is all about.
Allowing for a 1,000,000 square feet of research space; the masterplan density and spatial adjacencies encouraging inter-disciplinary working will mean each new building will feel connected to the whole but also be capable of taking on a variety of alternative uses.
Given the University of Sheffield AMRC projected growth plans, an ambitious building programme is anticipated. This, together with opportunities for production centres, holds out the prospect of a world-class Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.
Eventually the site will have a fully networked set of services including a centralized energy centre and HV ring main. Renewable energy and low carbon technologies will feature heavily in this programme, enabling the University to achieve its environmental targets.
* Winner: Property Deal of the Year , South Yorkshire Property Gala Dinner 2014