Research centre praised by inspectors

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A NUCLEAR research centre on the Sheffield-Rotherham border has been praised after an independent inspection looked at how well the facility has been built and run.

The £25 million Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre was checked out by a team led by experts from The University of Sheffield.

Under rules laid down by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the AMRC was scored in eight categories, such as its approach to the environment, being a good neighbour, and its attitude to safety and responsibility.

The site scored 74 out of 80 half marks, placing it inside the UK’s best performing one per cent of sites.

Last year the CCS conducted over 14,000 inspections across the country.

The construction team behind the facility, Yorkshire’s BAM Construction, said they were delighted to have their work recognised.

Project manager Nick Howdle said: “This is a very special project with some unusual construction aspects.

“Parts of this building will have to bear the weight of 80 tonne machinery for example, and require thick wedge-shaped slabs of concrete to create the exceptional deflection that requires.”

The inspection awarded maximum marks for the project being a good neighbour and singled out for praise its engagement of apprentices, involving local schools in learning opportunities, conducting random drug and alcohol tests, improving literacy and its occupational health arrangements.

The centre will be used by firms such as Rolls-Royce, Areva and Westinghouse.