J F Finnegan to build University of Sheffield’s energy research centre

WCN Editorial Team 5 Mar 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

UK-based construction company J F Finnegan has been selected by the University of Sheffield for the construction of Translational Energy Research Centre, a national hub for innovative research into low-carbon energy generation technology.

Translational Energy Research Centre will join the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)’s Factory 2050 and the Faculty of Engineering’s research centres, located in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID).

When completed, the new facility is expected to help the UK businesses to be at the forefront of a growing clean energy market and be fundamental in ensuring that the UK can meet its net-zero emissions commitments by 2050.

Under the contract, J F Finnegan will design, construct and complete the research facility with an area of 16,114ft². The new building will include office accommodation, car parking and landscaping. Externally, there will be outbuildings for storage and service yard/fuel storage area.

University of Sheffield estates development head Mark Holden said: “We are very pleased to be working again with J F Finnegan on the construction of this new facility.

“The building will give companies, both locally and globally, access to advanced testing facilities and the opportunity to collaborate with leading academics at the University of Sheffield's Energy Institute.”

J F Finnegan pre-construction head Dawa Singh said: “We are delighted primarily to be working with The University of Sheffield again in an area where we have operated extensively in the last 10 years.

“We feel privileged to be appointed to design and construct a facility that will be utilised to research energy and related technologies.”

In January this year, JF Finnegan was selected by Harworth to construct The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

To be located in the UK’s advanced manufacturing region, the Advanced Manufacturing Park and is expected to add 40 highly skilled jobs in the South Yorkshire area and will work with University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC).

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Image: Artist’s rendering of University of Sheffield’s new energy research centre. (Credit: J F Finnegan Ltd.)

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