Interserve is to build a £43m facility for the aerospace industry in Yorkshire.
The contractor will deliver the futuristic research and assembly plant Factory 2050 at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
The facility will include advanced robotics, flexible automation, unmanned workspace and off-line programming. It will also feature 3D printing from automated systems, man-machine interfaces and cutting-edge programming and training tools.
Boeing and the University of Sheffield co-founded the research centre in 2001.
Work on the latest facility is due to start this month, with completion next autumn.
Interserve managing director for UK building Gordon Kew said: “The facility will provide a fantastic environment for both researchers and engineers.
“We plan to use as many small and medium sized local businesses as possible on the project and generate as many employment and training opportunities as possible to provide a real legacy for the surrounding area.”
Interserve wins £8m science facility
Meanwhile Interserve has also picked up an £8m deal for a science facility in Oxfordshire.
The contractor will build the advanced experimental station and electron microscopy facility at Diamond Light Source on the Harwell Oxford Campus.
The new facility will use intense X-ray light produced at Diamond to power an X-ray nanoprobe, a powerful microscope used to examine materials as small as one billionth of a metre.
It will also house a national facility for high resolution electron microscopy, providing tools to examine materials with ultra-high precision.
Significant environmental controls will be required within the new building to ensure the accuracy of the scientific data it produces.
Interserve project manager Andy Meachen said: “From very early on in the bid process for this project it became clear that Diamond Light Source had an especially high focus on quality.
“This was reinforced after we had a briefing from the scientists involved, who gave our construction team an insight into what the facility will aim to achieve once fully operational. It is very satisfying that we have the opportunity to contribute to the delivery of what will be a significant scientific research facility for the UK and Europe.”
Construction will be complete by next April, with fit out to continue into 2016, when the facility will become operational.