Our Facilities


Royce at the University of Sheffield is equipped with two state-of-the-art facilities to assist in the acceleration of university and industry ideas through to an industry production scale in order to meet global challenges. 

Over two purpose-built sites – the Royce Discovery Centre and the Royce Translational Centre – our dynamic team of engineers support a vertically integrated factory that can produce new alloys through to near net shape products through both solid and liquid processing.

Exterior of the Royce Translational Centre building


The Royce Translational Centre, based at the University of Sheffield Innovation District, evolves novel materials and processing techniques developed by research teams, making them accessible for trial by industry. 

If your business operates within the manufacturing and engineering supply and value chain, the Royce Translational Centre provides direct access to emerging technologies.

This allows a measured assessment of the applicability, and threats to, existing markets that these technological advances present, and drives specific research activities which provide direct benefit to your business as the outcome.

For some, the state-of-the-art facility offers R&D options that were previously inaccessible to themselves. For others, the Royce Translational Centre enables businesses to perform speculative research so that in-house research facilities can remain focused on processes that are closer to market. 

Businesses can invest in these manufacturing processes with the confidence that value is added to both themselves and their customers. 


Explore our state-of-the-art facilities through the virtual tour.


Photograph of the Royce Discovery Centre building

The Royce Discovery Centre, based at the University of Sheffield City Centre Campus, takes materials and processing concepts, and develops these from basic principles through analytical and experimental processes, with the aim of proving the concept in terms of feasibility and applicability for industrial use. 

Collaborative knowledge from our researchers has enabled the smooth transition in taking product and process ideas from initial concept, through development, testing, and optimisation, to industry trial. Our facility accelerates end-to-end research activities, whilst also offering access to equipment or services at any stage of the process. 

Housing state-of-the-art specialist laboratories, workshops, and office spaces, the Royce Discovery Centre draws on expertise present within the Royce team and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, to provide real solutions in the discovery and creation of innovative material systems.


The Royce Discovery Centre and the Royce Translational Centre work in tandem with the Engineering Faculty facilities to further enhance the University of Sheffield's status as a world leader in the science and development of materials processing.



Royce Translational Centre, Sheffield Business Park, Europa Ave, Tinsley, Sheffield, S9 1ZA


Royce Discovery Centre, Harry Brearley Building, 5 Portobello St, Sheffield, S1 4ND

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