Building and civil engineering contractor, Britcon has been awarded a significant contract by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to design and build a £4.2 million technical centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Sheffield.
The AMP supports businesses that provide world-class technology solutions for use in precision industries including aerospace, defence, construction, automotive, sport and others. The 100 acre development is a joint venture between public and private sector organisations to create an internationally recognised centre for engineering, innovation, research and manufacturing excellence.
At its hub, the AMP has some of the world’s leading materials and manufacturing technologies organisations: the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC), Rolls-Royce, Castings Technology International (CTi), TWI Technology Centre (Yorkshire) and the Nuclear AMRC. The technology park is also part of a plan announced this week by Sheffield and Rotherham to create the first Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District in the UK.
Working alongside AHR Architects and WYG Engineers, Britcon will deliver a 32,291sq. ft facility which will include five split level workshops with shared office space. The building is to be marketed as an incubator for high tech business alongside other buildings within the AMP.
Ian Chapman, Regional Manager at Britcon said:
“We are delighted to secure this major contract through our Yorkshire office. Our combined design and build capabilities and sector track record has qualified us, through a very strict tender process, to deliver a one stop solution for the HCA.”
Amanda Keeton at the Homes and Communities Agency said:
“The contract for this important building was let on a competitive basis and it is great that a local firm has won the work. The Technical Centre has become necessary because of the success of the AMP and the need to provide more space for high technology start-up businesses.”
Britcon expects to start construction of the new facility in March with completion anticipated in September 2015.