Stepnell delivers prestigious Derby Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
CONSTRUCTION is underway on the major Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) at Infinity Park, Derby. Stepnell is leading on the design and construction to deliver the NAMRC Infinity Park Derby (IPD) LLP collaboration.
The new 46,728 sq ft steel frame facility will be a hub for research and development in the East Midlands. As well as a state-of-the-art main research centre, the building will also include associated offices. Requiring external works, Stepnell has been instrumental to delivering an engineered ground solution to optimise the cut and fill for the site, removing ground risk, prior to works starting.
To further ensure a successful project start, Stepnell overcame challenging market conditions, including global materials availability shortages. Making savings through pre-manufactured value, Stepnell also utilised modern construction methods with a pre-cast lift shaft off-site.
Tom Sewell, regional director at Stepnell, said: “The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre facility in Derby is a fantastic project that we are proud to be working on, alongside a variety of key project stakeholders. Through working closely with our supply chain partners, excellent collaboration has led to a successful start on site, and we are delighted that through our support as a complete construction partner.
“The finished centre will be an exceptional resource for Derby and the wider region, so it is an honour for Stepnell to be undertaking all of the industrial building, associated offices and external works to the benefit of the community.”
The works are expected to complete by February 2023 and during this time Stepnell is committed to investing in the community.
The Government-backed IPD partnership, includes the University of Derby, Derby City Council, Wilson Bowden, Peveril Securities, Harpur Crewe Estate and Rolls-Royce, with over £9m from D2N2, will accelerate technological innovations using advancements in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence, in partnership with the UK’s leading scientists.