Factory 2050, based on Sheffield Business Park, is the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research, capable of rapidly switching production between different high value components and one-off parts. RPS was part of the project team, appointed as Technical Advisor by the University of Sheffield for this state-of-the-art facility constructed by Interserve. Engineers based in RPS’ Leeds office provided a number of key services to the project including Mechanical & Electrical engineering consultancy, sustainability and site wide infrastructure advice.
Andy Briggs, Technical Director at RPS, explains: “Flexibility of such a cutting edge facility was of prime importance to the end user. The technologies and techniques which they utilise are ever changing, and to provide a truly future proofed facility, still fit for purpose in 2050, required innovation in building services provision and distribution. The application of significant renewables (GSHP), located in an external energy centre, extensive internal floor duct distribution systems combined with high level modular services, low energy displacement ventilation and highly controlled LED lighting combined to create a low energy, closely controlled environment, suitable for the client’s ongoing needs”.
He and the rest of the team are thrilled at this latest award and comments that “The end result is testament to the entire project team’s focus and commitment to provide a truly innovative facility that met the client’s brief today and in the years to come”.
RPS' Andy Briggs (left), trophy presenter, Mark Strangeway (third from left), Simon Dovener (centre) and Lianne Lawson (all Interserve), Darren Southgate (Bond Bryan) second from right, and Keith Lilley (University of Sheffield) far right.