Plans submitted for £43m AMRC Factory 2050

12 February 2014

Plans have been submitted for the AMRC Factory 2050 to be built on part of the now disused Sheffield City Airport.

The £43m research factory is designed to meet the future needs of aerospace and other high-value manufacturing industries. Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Spirit AeroSystems are all committed to supporting the project.

Based on the Sheffield Business Park, the AMRC Factory 2050 will join a network of research centres which includes the original AMRC in Rotherham, the Advanced Forming Research Centre in Glasgow, the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry as well as overseas facilities in Virginia US and Singapore.

Plans by Sheffield architects' practice Bond Bryan reveal a 6,730 sq m (72,500 sq ft) industrial research base which will be the UK's first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research, capable of switching production between different high-value components and one-off parts.

Based on a 6.24-acre site, the AMRC Factory 2050 will be home to approximately 75 research staff and be able to accommodate about 20 visitors at any one time.

The AMRC's current facilities are situated on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) which was established in 2004, btut with land availability expected to become a constraint, Sheffield Business Park has been identified as the prime location to build on the AMRC's success.