University of Sheffield – AMRC LVV RTC and ICAIR Buildings (Value £30m)

Providing Principal Designer and CDM Advisor services for six simultaneous construction projects, KOK assisted in the development of new research facilities as part of the University of Sheffield’s Royce Translational Centre (RTC), Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV) and Integrated Civil Infrastructure Research Centre (iCAIR) at AMRC.

Three of the projects consisted of the construction of a Laboratory for Validation and Verification which aims its focus on structural dynamics research; an integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre which will improve the already innovative civil engineering works with regards to Automation, Robotics and Advanced Materials; and the Royce Translational Centre which they hope to be a world leading facility in the science of material processing with unique capabilities in manufacturing.

The fourth new-build was the Press Building which houses a bespoke designed and constructed Press which relies on pressure and temperature to operate. The Press is a world first in terms of its size, capabilities and the level of monitoring and control it will provide whilst being used to develop and manufacture lightweight composite materials and parts for McLaren sports cars, in partnership with the University of Sheffield and the AMRC.

In addition to the role of Principal Designer for Press Building, Keelagher Okey Klein were delighted to secure the role of Principal Contractor for the fit-out phase of the specially designed Press which stands at six metres high by seven metres wide, allowing it to make several components at a time, using high pressure resin transfer moulding (HP-RTM).

Lastly, KOK provided Principal Designer services on the major road and infrastructure project to service the ongoing constructions of the research centres and to expand the University as a whole.

The four factory-scaled research facilities total up to approximately 2900m2 across the Advanced Manufacturing Park and The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Campus in South Yorkshire.