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Planning approval obtained for AMRC’s new Knowledge Transfer Centre

posted 16 Sep 2010, 06:40 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 16 Sep 2010, 06:41 ]
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has granted planning permission for the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing’s (AMRC) new £4 million, 2,100m² Knowledge Transfer Centre.   

The two- and three-storey knowledge transfer building at Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) will be used for the development of a Knowledge Transfer Academy that will assist companies to understand and implement the new manufacturing technologies and techniques developed by the AMRC’s activities

AMRC research director, Professor Keith Ridgway, says:  
“The Knowledge Transfer Centre will be an extremely valuable facility for companies - they can get hands-on training with the new processes and technologies we're developing, and take that knowledge and experience back to their own factories."

The innovative centre has been designed by national architectural practice Bond Bryan from Sheffield. As architect Darren Southgate explains: 
“The building will sit adjacent to the AMRC on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.  The design focuses on the sharing of ideas, on communication and on human interaction.  As well as workshops and communal spaces the Knowledge Transfer Building features a 350-seat conference space.  

“We are adopting the sustainable features of the other buildings we have designed on the AMP and are aiming for a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.”