Morgan Sindall selected to build North of England Robotics Innovation Centre

WCN Editorial Team 15 Oct 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Morgan Sindall Construction has been selected by the University of Salford in the UK to construct £13m North of England Robotics Innovation Centre.

The new facility, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, forms part of £2.5bn Crescent masterplan.

Crescent masterplan is a 240-acre major regeneration scheme being delivered by the University, Salford City Council and development partner, The English Cities Fund.

The English Cities Fund is a strategic joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England.

The 22,580ft² building will deliver a new getaway in the Innovation District and provide the university with a new and significant presence facing on to Frederick Road.

The robotics innovation centre is articulated with a z-shaped plan expressing a series of stacked laboratories in turn connected by a central feature stair representing the heart of the building.

It will enable the university’s robotics and automation specialists to expand their work with SMEs across the country.

Construction on the robotics innovation centre will commence in early 2021.

Morgan Sindall Construction area director in Manchester Shaun Jones said: “The University of Salford’s masterplan reflects a bold vision both in terms of developing a transformational future for the city and by supporting the sectors that will drive the wider country forward.

“We’re proud to be part of that vision through our work delivering the SEE Building and now the North of England Robotics Innovation Centre.

“Throughout the build programme, we plan to work closely with students, residents and community groups to ensure our growing presence on campus has benefits for the whole of Salford.”

Morgan Sindall Construction and the University have been working together for several years.

Earlier this year, Morgan Sindall Construction has been chosen to build the £65m Science, Engineering and Environmental Building (SEE Building) for the University.

Since 2018, the University and Morgan Sindall have been working together to focus on programmes that enhance the employability credentials of undergraduates.


A rendering of North of England Robotics Innovation Centre. (Credit: University of Salford)

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