Royal opening for Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) is being officially opened today by The Duke of York.

The Duke of York, HRH Prince Andrew and apprentices at the Nuclear AMRC

His Royal Highness will meet with representatives from a wide range of manufacturing businesses, and find out how the Nuclear AMRC is helping them become more competitive, before officially declaring the state-of-the-art research factory open. His Royal Highness has a continued interest in supporting facilities such as this that are a key part of ensuring that British businesses are at the forefront of science and engineering globally.

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, programme director of the Nuclear AMRC, said: "We are delighted that The Duke of York has agreed to open the Nuclear AMRC. The new centre has a huge role to play in assisting UK manufacturers to enter the nuclear new build market, both at home and globally. The support we provide will have a huge impact on the number and value of contracts that UK manufacturers can win."

Nuclear AMRCManaged by the University of Sheffield with support from the University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute, the Nuclear AMRC combines academic innovation with industry expertise to help UK manufacturers seize the opportunities of new investment in nuclear power and other innovative energy technologies.

The Nuclear AMRC's research and operations are led by its industrial members – 34 companies are currently full members, from reactor providers Areva and Westinghouse, and top-tier suppliers such as Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel and Sheffield Forgemasters, through to specialised SMEs.

The Nuclear AMRC's main facility is located on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, on the boundary of Sheffield and Rotherham, next to the established University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing.

The Queen wearing 3D glasses during a visit to the University of Sheffield in 2010Construction of the 8000sq m centre began in November 2010, with Her Majesty the Queen donning virtual reality glasses to remotely activate a digger. The building was completed on schedule by October 2011, and is now home to a growing team of engineers and researchers.

The Nuclear AMRC is based around an open-plan 5,000 sq m workshop, containing a range of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment tailored for nuclear industry applications. The building also features accommodation over three stories, including laboratory and technical support space, an immersive virtual reality room for assembly research and training, office space and secure meeting rooms. Work at the Nuclear AMRC focuses on metals engineering and does not involve nuclear critical aspects such as fuels or other radioactive materials.

The building was designed by Bond Bryan Architects to 'Excellent' BREAAM environmental standards. Power and heating is provided by a 99m wind turbine rated at 900kW and ground source heat pumps with 320kW capacity.

The development of the Nuclear AMRC has been funded by UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund. The Nuclear AMRC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a new national network of research centres supported by the Technology Strategy Board.

Following the opening of the Nuclear AMRC building, The Duke of York will visit the University of Sheffield's new Diamond Jubilee Knowledge Transfer Centre to meet local companies which have been in business for 60 years, as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

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The University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield - the 2011 Times Higher Education’s University of the Year - is one of the largest in the UK. Its seven departments include over 4,000 students and 900 staff and have research-related income worth more than £50M per annum from government, industry and charity sources. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed that two thirds of the research carried out was either Internationally Excellent or Internationally Leading.

The Faculty of Engineering has a long tradition of working with industry including Rolls-Royce, Network Rail and Siemens. Its industrial successes are exemplified by the award-winning Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the new £25 million Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC).

The Faculty of Engineering is set to ensure students continue to benefit from world-class labs and teaching space through the provision of the University's new Engineering Graduate School. This brand new building, which will become the centre of the faculty´s postgraduate research and postgraduate teaching activities, will be sited on the corner of Broad Lane and Newcastle Street. It will form the first stage in a 15 year plan to improve and extend the existing estate in a bid to provide students with the best possible facilities while improving their student experience.

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