Work starts on flagship manufacturing research facility at Nottingham University, UK

The project includes a cleanroom for the investigation of 3D-printed pharmaceutical devices

Building has started on the Advanced Manufacturing Building at the University of Nottingham

A ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday 10 November marked the start of work to build a pioneering Advanced Manufacturing Building for The University of Nottingham that will help to shape the future of the UK manufacturing sector.

Midlands-based G F Tomlinson has been awarded the contract to build the 9,011m2 training and research facility on a former brownfield site located within the University’s Jubilee Campus.

The new building will be an expansion of the University’s Faculty of Engineering, creating teaching spaces, laboratories, modern workshops and offices for research activities, including nano-scale production, robotics and large-scale aerospace demonstrator components.

The project has been part funded by £5m from D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and a £1m contribution from the Wolfson Foundation to provide a state-of-the-art cleanroom for the investigation of 3D-printed pharmaceutical devices.

Professor Andy Long, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering at the University, said: “The new facility will host several world-leading research groups and accommodate some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies related to automation, precision manufacturing, 3D printing and light weight composite materials. 

'It will also house our flagship Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Manufacturing Technology. This faculty will allow for diverse engineering and science disciplines to collaborate and contribute to pioneering developments for a range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, marine, energy generation, food and drink, chemical products and pharmaceuticals, helping to underpin the economy at both a regional and national level.'

Andrew Sewards, MD for G F Tomlinson, said: 'This scheme truly demonstrates the University of Nottingham’s position as a beacon in manufacturing research. The completed scheme will be home to world-class research facilities and revolutionary research activity, helping to nurture collaboration and innovation between education and industry.'

The project team includes project managers Turner and Townsend, architects Bond Bryan, engineers Arup and cost managers Currie and Brown (previously Sweett).

Once completed the new landmark building will have the capacity to house 699 staff, students and researchers, helping to train and provide the next generation of industry professionals.