The revolutionary, glass-walled reconfigurable factory, which sits at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s new advanced manufacturing campus, was recognised at the regional awards ceremony in Leeds.
Executive Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Professor Keith Ridgway, said: “The whole project is about innovation in manufacturing and new ways of working in the future. This was captured by the architects and builders and we are delighted with the result.”
Factory 2050 is home to the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG), which has installed cutting-edge manufacturing and assembly technologies, advanced robotics, flexible automation, next generation man-machine interfaces and new programming and training tools to drive its research.
Factory 2050 opened late last year as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing. It is now operational and has 45 staff and a full workload.
Initial projects include a programme to take aerospace manufacturing technology into the construction industry, explore future digital factory technologies for building commercial aeroplanes and investigate digitally assisted assembly technologies which could help to fill a looming skills gap in the aerospace sector.
The site will continue to grow, and recruit up to 70 staff, including talented young engineers who will have access to some of the most advanced reconfigurable manufacturing technologies the world has to offer.
The development is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, each of which have contributed £10 million to the project.