PLANS to create a centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing have taken a step forward after Sheffield City Council approved plans for Factory 2050.
The £43m circular building, to be built at Sheffield Business Park, will combine a range of technologies, including advanced robotics, off-line printing in virtual environments linked to plug-and-play robotics, 3D printing and new programming and training tools.
Sheffield University is building the development near the original Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe.
Since the first University building opened there in 2004, four further new buildings and two extensions have been added to provide a current total of around 322,917 sq ft of accommodation.
The new location is directly opposite the existing developments on the other side of the Parkway.
Graham Sadler, managing director at Sheffield Business Park, said the planning approval was great news for the wider 50-acre phase two development site, which already has planning consent.
“We’re working hard to make sure that we create the right environment to attract inward investment from high quality businesses, bringing real jobs to the region,” he said.