Bond Bryan Architect’s Factory 2050 receives Planning Permission

Our £43 million Factory 2050 project for The University of Sheffield has obtained planning permission.

Factory 2050 will be the UK’s first fully reconfigurable manufacturing research facility, using state of the art equipment/robots and capable of switching rapidly from the production of one high-value component to another to meet the changing needs of aerospace and similar industries.  Leading manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Spirit AeroSystems are committed to supporting this project.

The circular main hall is heavily glazed.  The client team wanted an iconic structure to demonstrate to a global audience how factories should work in the future and to create a centre of advanced manufacturing excellence that would excite a new generation of engineers.

Sheffield City Council understood that our intention was to design a significant, sustainable, high quality building and planning officers have supported the project from the outset.

Director Darren Southgate says:

“The Bond Bryan team has worked tirelessly with the University Estates team, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre team plus colleagues from DLP Planning, Rex Proctor and Partners, Gardiner & Theobald and Curtins to achieve a high quality building that solves the complex manufacturing challenges of today and those envisaged in the future…”

“The architectural project team have played a critical role in producing one of Bond Bryan’s most advanced BIM – Building Information Models to date, to allow the client and the design and construction teams to better understand the project…”

It’s anticipated that the project will be on site by late summer 2014.

External Links:

The University of Sheffield

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

The Architects’ Journal



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