UK First Factory 2050 Secures Regional Awards

28 Jul 2016

RPS is proud to be part of the project team, celebrating with Interserve Construction, after their Factory 2050 project picked up two awards at this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber awards.

RPS was part of the project team, appointed as Technical Advisor by the University of Sheffield, to provide the mechanical and electrical engineering services for this state-of-the-art facility constructed by Interserve. The facility picked up the prestigious ‘Project of the Year – Building’ award and went on to receive a Highly Commended Health and Safety award too. As winner of Project of the Year, the development secures an automatic entry into 2016’s Constructing Excellence national finals taking place in November.

“We are really pleased that Factory 2050 has received this well-deserved recognition” says Andy Briggs, Technical Director at RPS. “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”.

About Factory 2050

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. Engineers based in RPS’ Leeds office provided a number of key services to the project including M&E, sustainability and site wide infrastructure advice.

Andy Briggs 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”.

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