Industrial - HERO_AMRC

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

A BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for Sheffield’s advanced manufacturing factory of the future.
  • Customer
    The University of Sheffield
  • Completion Date
    April 2012
  • Quantity Surveyor
    Turner & Townsend
  • Value
  • Form Of Contract
    JCT 2005 Design and Build
  • Project Manager
    Turner & Townsend
  • Structural Engineer
    Buro Happold
  • Area
    21,500 sq ft
  • Program Duration
    42 weeks
  • Architect
    Bond Bryan Architects
  • ME Engineer
    Buro Happold
Interior University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre two technicians in lab coats next to work benches


We extended The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to provide capacity for an expanded Composite Centre.

The client requested changes during the project, requiring us to adapt the schedule in order to deliver the additional works within the limited time period.

The existing facility remained in use while the works were carried out, meaning we had to put strategies in place to reduce disruption to staff.


The project

We built an extension to The University of Sheffield’s existing Factory of the Future building. The single-storey steel frame building features a general workshop as well as a controlled environment with a high-specification clean room, accessed via air locks.

The new structure incorporates an internal gantry crane to provide a heavy lift capability. We also extended the district heating main to serve the new facility.

A number of site visits for local school pupils and staff were organised, and spare building materials, including timber and plywood, were donated to the Design Technology department.

The new extension achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and a major contributing factor to this was that service connections were made to local sustainable infrastructure, which included wind turbines and ground source heat pumps. 100% of all site waste was recycled. ISG also achieved the target of 20% of the total value of materials being derived from recycled and reused content.