The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is a world-class facility for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. It includes the Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future building, a landmark 6,400sq m structure that houses workshop, laboratory, office and conference space.
Project: AMRC: Two new-build research centres for University of Sheffield
Products: Desking, tables, storage, café, conference and reception seating, industrial high level work chairs
The Composite Centre is a 1,800sq m extension to this building, featuring a general workshop and a controlled environment including high-spec clean rooms. Add to this specialist environment high BREEAM environmental quality standards, including significant renewable energy capabilities, and any furniture specification would be required to meet a number of exacting environmental standards as well as high-traffic and heavy use. Working closely with the university and centre designers Bond Bryan Architects, Gresham proposed a solution that met and exceeded these requirements.
The furniture had to suitable for high traffic and heavy usage areas such as the factory floor and intense work room areas. Even so, it needed to be comfortable and attractive to enhance the learning experience of apprentices. All furniture manufactured by Gresham is made at its North West England factory which is accredited to ISEO 14001 Environmental Management standards and conforms to UK and European contract stipulations. This meant that both the university and the architects could rest assured that our furniture was suitable for a BREEAM accredited structure.
From the University
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the level of quality and service we have received from Gresham. From the initial contract right through to the final install, the relationship has been of a high professional yet friendly manner. The furniture installed is more than fit for purpose and has truly enhanced the learning environment for the apprentices who study here.”
– Kerry Featherstone, Sheffield University