Robertson to build Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Preston

ROBERTSON has been appointed by the University of Sheffield to build its new Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Preston.

The facility will be constructed at the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone, part of the wider Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Cluster.

A £20 million grant from Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal will be used to build the 4,500m2 applied research centre.

Robertson was awarded the £11 million construction contract following a competitive tender process. Work is expected to start on site in September and complete during the second half of 2021.

Robertson has a growing presence in the north west of England, with a portfolio of work that includes the regeneration of Blackpool town centre.

Dirk Pittaway, MD of Robertson North West said, “Robertson has a reputation for delivering quality projects on budget and on programme. Our appointment to build AMRC North West illustrates further the commitment of the University of Sheffield to deliver a world-class facility for the incredible work that will be undertaken.”

Alongside Robertson, a full design team is in place including Cartwright Pickard Architects, Curtins Engineers, Arup, Gardiner and Theobald, and Rex Procter and Partners.