Factory 2050 in Sheffield is the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility. Home to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, the state of the art research factory was designed to meet the needs of high value manufacturing and aerospace industries.
The prestigious building was designed by Bond Bryan Architects and as you would expect from a such cutting edge project, every element of its design had an exacting specification with the aim of meeting the BREEAM Excellent rating. And because the building would be used to showcase advanced manufacturing technologies, a mainly glass construction was chosen.
Such a complex and high profile glazing project required highly experienced contractors. The contract was awarded to a consortium of three companies: Float Glass Industries, leading glass suppliers to the curtain walling, window and glazing industry, Lakesmere and Saint Gobain.
Together, the three companies developed a performance specification for the building that would meet and exceed all the requirements. The Everseal IG Warm Edge Insulating Glass was supplied by Float Glass Industries with a glass specification of 6mm Coolite SKN 165 and 10mm Coolite SKN 154. The fast track building programme meant there was no room for error or delay in the delivery, but as you would expect from a contractor used to working on complex, high profile projects, Float Glass Industries was able to deliver.
The result is a stunning building whose impressive exterior matches the technological innovation inside. Paul Newcombe of Float Glass Industries, commented, “It is great to see such a high tech building being built in the UK, especially just down the road from our own headquarters in Manchester. The finished building represents the state of the art when it comes to glazing and we’re delighted to have played such an integral part in bringing it from the drawing board to reality.”