University of Sheffield AMRC


The Brief

University of Sheffield wanted to improve and tackle domestic manufacturing shortfalls in the global nuclear industry.

They appointed BAM Construction to deliver the University of Sheffield AMRC (Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre). The structural package was awarded to us, including a 8,000m² major production facility with a 5,000m² open-plan workshop.

Our Approach

  • The building would require cranes with a safe-loading weight limit of 50 tonnes, meaning we would design and supply the crane beams to enable the crane efficiently navigate the workshop.
  • The University of Sheffield AMRC would be designed for “fatigue”, ensuring the safety of these crane beams over the course of the buildings functioning life-cycle.
  • Another design feature of the frame was the usage of Cellular Beams. They were utilised for their ability to integrate services as well as allow for long span functionality.
  • Working in highly sensitive sectors such as these require expertise in procurement and management. From full traceability of material to confidence in the structural integrity of the frame.

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The Outcomes

This project allowed us to demonstrate our expertise and knowledge through our execution of “fatigue” sensitive projects. 

We were scored by BAM Construction throughout multiple areas of this project. The project achieving a “very good” rating through all stages of the project.

Upon completion, the building was given a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. Thus, further demonstrating our dedication to upholding environmental standards and sustainable construction practices.

“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.”
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Prof. Keith Ridgway CBE
Nuclear AMRC Programme Director
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