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University of Sheffield inviting bids for Factory 2050

University of Sheffield inviting bids for Factory 2050
Contractors around the UK are being invited to bid for the construction of the world's most advanced factory.

The University of Sheffield unveiled the Factory 2050 project in June 2013 and is now looking for a company, or companies, to take on the development and bring it to fruition, the Construction Enquirer reports. The structure is a next generation factory for the aerospace and has already gained the support of manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Spirit AeroSystems and BAE Systems as well as the government.

Over the summer months, the University of Sheffield, alongside Boeing, secured funding for the £43 million state-of-the-art research factory. It was made possible thanks to a £10 million grant from the Research Partnership Investment Fund and was set to be managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

At the time officials explained that Factory 2050 would be used to combine technologies such as advanced robotics, flexible automation, 3D printing from flexible automated systems among others. During the construction phase, the institute's staff explained that it will be spread over 4,5000 sq m and be built to BREEAM 'Excellent' environmental standards.

Speaking about the plans, Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, executive dean of the University of Sheffield AMRC, said: “This will be the most advanced factory in the world. It will give us a home for the research and demonstration work associated with building the next generation of aircraft and energy technologies.

“The aim is to be able to manufacture any component as a one-off, and instantaneously switch between components. This will be a totally reconfigurable factory, one of the goals of the advanced manufacturing research strategy.”

Interested contractors have until January 13th 2014 to bid for taking over the project and the university has an e-tendering system available making the process more streamlined and easy to use.

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Date: 11/12/2013 16:21:49

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