Construction on the state-of-the-art research centre is expected to start in September in a landmark location at the heart of the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone, part of the wider Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Cluster. The facility will play a key role in driving recovery, growth, productivity and innovation, supporting Lancashire firms to compete nationally and internationally.  

Steve Foxley, CEO of University of Sheffield AMRC said, “We are pleased to have appointed Robertson as the contractor for our new dedicated applied research facility in the North West. This is an important step in realising our vision for the North and beyond."

The building, designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects, will comprise a steel frame with an envelope of cladding and brickwork complemented with feature glazing. Internally, the structural frame will be exposed in areas with metal panelling following the line of the steel. An extensive skylight above the large atrium will create an open, light-filled space for employees and visitors, with external landscaping adding to the welcome. 

Key facts  

"The new facility will not only place Lancashire at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and technologies, but it will be a catalyst for inward investment, supporting businesses in the region to innovate, drive up productivity, and lead manufacturing towards a smart, sustainable and resilient future. 

Steve Foxley, CEO, University of Sheffield AMRC 

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