£4.3m deal for research factory

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A Yorkshire-based company has been awarded a £4.3m contract to help develop the world’s most advanced factory for aerospace research.

NG Bailey, the engineering, IT and facilities services specialist, will deliver all the mechanical and electrical design and installation work for the University of Sheffield’s £43m Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Factory 2050.

Working alongside international support services and construction group Interserve, which is the project’s main contractor, NG Bailey, based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, will help to create a centre of engineering excellence built to BREEAM environmental standards.

NG Bailey’s work will include the installation of a large ground-source heat pump package. It is the first facility created on the site of the former Sheffield airport. Work will begin on the site in early 2015, and be completed by October next year. An £80m Glass Academy will be built next door.

Factory 2050 will be ‘reconfigurable’ so it can switch between highly varied engineering tasks.