Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC)

Project overview

The Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC) will form part of the University's newly launched Energy Institute, home to more than 300 academics. Researchers in the Energy Institute work with industry partners to find solutions to the biggest challenges facing the energy industry. Its research is interdisciplinary with innovation and collaboration at its heart. This enables researchers in the institute to provide sustainable solutions and advice for governments and the energy industry. 

Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Chris Skidmore MP, from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), said: “Cutting edge technology to capture carbon will cut emissions as we work towards a net zero economy, while creating new jobs – a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.

“The Translational Energy Research Centre represents a major milestone in efforts to rollout carbon capture at scale by the 2030s.”

Funded by £7 million from BEIS and £10 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Translational Energy Research Centre will give global companies and new technology start-ups access to advanced testing facilities and the opportunity to collaborate with leading academics in low-carbon energy research. Through industrial and academic partnerships, companies will use the research centre to test, optimise and demonstrate their technologies at a commercial-scale.

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Project details

Project Manager: Ian Longhorn, Department of Estates and Facilities Management

Contact: i.longhorn@sheffield.ac.uk, 0114 222 9046

Architects: Bond Bryan

Client: Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Head of University Energy Research, Energy Institute

Location: Sheffield City Region's Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District

Timescale: January - September 2020

Latest news

10 April 2020: Work begins on site under social distancing restrictions.

March 2020: Work is currently suspended on site due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We will keep you updated as the situation changes.

6/2/2020: Soil moved off site and re heaped. Ground levels reduced and hardcore spread and compacted to building base and service yard area. Foundation excavations progressing to main building and concrete poured / steel anchor. Lift foundation base completed.

24/1/2020: We are excavating as well as spreading and compacting stone hardcore. The existing spoil heap is being moved off site and re piled; foundations to the main building are being excavated out.

January 2020: Construction starts on site. 

May 2019: project currently out to tender for the main contractor

13/5/2019: Planning permission approved

19/2/2019: Plans submitted to Sheffield City Council for approval. 


Where will the facility be?

The TERC facility will be on the Advanced Manufacturing Campus, the site of the previous Sheffield Business Park. The building will be next to Factory 2050 and iCAIR. On the other side of the Parkway is the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Park. 

How big will it be? 

The building has a gross internal area of 1,870sqm plus an external compound for research equipment

How long will it take to build? 

Building work is planned to start in August 2019 and due to finish in September 2020. 

How will I benefit from this project? 

This facility will allow expert academics at the University to develop low carbon technologies which will help power homes, buildings and facilities in the future. 

Who is funding this project?

£7 million has come from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and £10 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


View of north elevation from the campus boulevard:

view of north elevation from the campus boulevard

View of north elevation from the campus boulevard looking east:

view of north elevation from the campus boulevard looking east

View of north elevation from the campus boulevard looking west:

view of north elevation from the campus boulevard looking west

Contact us

Project enquiries: Contact Ian Longhorn, i.longhorn@sheffield.ac.uk, 0114 222 9046

General enquiries: The EFM Helpdesk will put you in touch with the right person: efmhelpdesk@sheffield.ac.uk / 0114 222 9000

Progress Photos


Building fly-through