Boot to build £20m lightweight aviation composites factory

Aaron Morby 3 months ago
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Henry Boot Construction has landed the next project for the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The project will see the firm build a dedicated research factory, known as Composites at Speed and Scale (COMPASS) facility. This will test new technologies for the next generation of lighter commercial aircraft to support the aviation industry’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

The 29,700 sq ft research facility will be located to the south of the AMRC’s flagship Factory 2050 facility and will have enough space for 60 staff and visitors.

The building is jointly funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, Sheffield City Council, the University of Sheffield and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

It will house a raft of adavanced equipment secured through a £29.5m grant from the UK Government’s Aerospace Technology Institute Programme.

Tony Shaw, managing director from Henry Boot Construction, said: “We take great pride in being appointed as the lead contractor on the AMRC’s newest research facility. It is our latest project for the university, having successfully delivered the Royce Discovery Centre in 2022.

“As a company with significant experience in the region, we are committed to working with local supply chain partners wherever possible and helping to grow the regional economy.”

“This is demonstrated through our selection of Sheffield-based firm Elecomm, who we have selected to be our principal MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) partner on the project.”

The wider project team for the new AMRC facility’s capital build programme includes Gardiner & Theobald, Rex Procter, Bond Bryan, Curtins and Arup – with the building expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

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