Henry Boot Construction have been appointed to deliver the next development for the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield.


The development is a new open-access research facility, which will be home to Composites at Speed and Scale (COMPASS). Project COMPASS is dedicated to developing and testing new technologies needed to meet future demand for lighter commercial aircraft and support the aviation industry’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050.


The first research programme to take place in the facility will be the Isothermic High-Rate Sustainable Structures (IHSS) project led by aerospace giant Boeing, in partnership with AMRC, Loop Technology and Spirit AeroSystems. A planning application for the development was approved earlier this year, with Henry Boot Construction's work getting underway earlier this month.


The 29,700 sq ft state-of-the-art research facility will be located to the south of the AMRC’s flagship Factory 2050 facility and will have enough space for 60 staff and visitors. It will comprise of a large open-plan factory space, individual workshop areas and flexible ancillary spaces. Its robust and sustainable design encompasses industry-leading responses to environmental, social and economic responsibility.


The building is jointly funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, Sheffield City Council, the University of Sheffield and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. It will house a raft of state-of-the-art equipment secured through a £29.5m grant from the UK Government’s Aerospace Technology Institute Programme.


The wider project team for the new AMRC facility’s capital build programme includes Gardiner & Theobald, Rex Procter, Bond Bryan, Curtins and Arup – with the building expected to be complete by the end of 2024.

“We take great pride in being appointed as the lead contractor on the AMRC’s newest research facility. It is our latest project for the university, having successfully delivered the Royce Discovery Centre in 2022. We have a reputation for delivering high quality projects, and our role in the latest AMRC development underscores the University of Sheffield's dedication to creating a world-class facility – one that propels Sheffield and South Yorkshire on a global scale. The stated values and goals of the AMRC align closely with those of Henry Boot Construction. As a company with significant experience in the region, we are committed to working with local supply chain partners wherever possible and helping to grow the regional economy. This is demonstrated through our selection of Sheffield-based firm Elecomm, who we have selected to be our principal MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) partner on the project. We are determined to leave a legacy in the locations in which we work and, as with all of our projects, we have committed to a social value strategy to unlock multiple local charity, community and education benefits.”

Tony Shaw, Managing Director at Henry Boot Construction

"We’re delighted to work with Henry Boot as part of the project team to deliver the AMRC’s new research facility which will put South Yorkshire at the forefront of UK aerospace manufacturing. The new building is the latest addition to the University of Sheffield’s Innovation District – an established world-leading research district where local innovations result in real-world impact."

Mark Holden, Head of Estates Development at the University of Sheffield