The move towards a net zero carbon society is something which we are deeply passionate about at Bond Bryan; it has always been built into what we do – but now, more so than ever, the need to respond to the global climate crisis is driving the sort of practice that we aim to be – both today and into the future.
We acknowledge that, as architects, we have a significant role to play in shaping the future of our planet. As members of the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge initiative, our team at Bond Bryan recognise that our passion and care for the environment is focussed best through the places which we create and in the projects that we help to deliver – and how, collectively, these can positively contribute to tackling the climate emergency and in changing our environment for the better.
As such, we couldn’t be prouder than to announce that one of our latest schemes – which has research into low carbon energy at its very heart -has taken one step closer to completion this month. The Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC) Project, for the University of Sheffield, reached Practical Completion in November – designed and delivered by Bond Bryan in collaboration with Main Contractor, J F Finnegan.
Located on the University of Sheffield’s Innovation District, the project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Forming part of the University of Sheffield’s Energy Institute, the £21m scheme is set to become one of the largest and best-equipped renewable-energy generation and advanced carbon-capture research and development facilities in Europe. The TERC project will be focussed on supporting national industrial partners, regional SMEs and academic research in order to find solutions to some of the most complex energy challenges which are facing the UK – with the aim of becoming a zero-carbon society by 2050.
Bond Bryan Associate Director, Jon Rigby explained: “Bond Bryan have been proudly involved with the evolution of The University of Sheffield’s internationally-acclaimed AMRC campus since the early 2000’s and, during this period, we have been fortunate in being entrusted as masterplanners, concept designers and delivery architects for over 100,000sqm of the Advanced Manufacturing development across Sheffield’s renowned Innovation District – covering the aerospace, nuclear, composite technology and automotive sectors. The TERC project represents the next, crucial and strategic investment into sustainable energy research within the Innovation District and will significantly boost Sheffield’s presence as a global leader in green technology – to add to the other, already world-renowned, advanced manufacturing economies. Amongst a global pandemic, the entire team have done an incredible job in steering this project through all of the obstacles that 2020 has thrown at it – which is testament to the collaboration and determination of all involved.”
The main building was completed, on time and on budget, by J F Finnegan with the ongoing bespoke infrastructure and fit-out aspects of the scheme currently being undertaken by Geoffrey Robinson Ltd and due to complete by early 2021 – ahead of the facility’s official opening in June 2021.
Bond Bryan Project Architect, and Project Lead for the Translational Energy Research Centre, Yasser Fadhl, commented on the opening of the project: “At a time when the eyes of the world are rightfully focussed on environmentally-responsible, emission-conscious design, we are delighted to be able to have played a part in the realisation of such an important, symbolic and ground-breaking facility that will make a huge contribution to the UK’s position as a European leader in low/zero carbon technological research. As architects, protecting and preserving our planet is fundamental to what we do and we can’t think of a more fitting project to hand over to our clients than one that captures and represents this philosophy as perfectly as the TERC project. It has been a pleasure to be involved and we look forward to seeing the building being fully-occupied and operational”