The structural steelworks of Sheffield Hallam University’s two new research centres are now in place.
Building work led by BAM Construction
Ltd is progressing quickly on the University’s National Centre of Excellence
for Food Engineering (NCEFE) and Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre
(AWRC), which will be based at Sheffield Hallam’s Health Innovation Park.
Situated at the heart of the Sheffield
Olympic Legacy Park, the Health Innovation Park will bring together research
and innovation alongside education, health, leisure and business. Providing
opportunities for organisations that are active in health innovation to co-locate
on the Health Innovation Park, the site will become a model of urban
development that will drive economic growth, health improvements and community
Sheffield Hallam’s NCEFE, which is set to open next year, will
focus on the application of engineering to improve food processing and address
an industry-recognised shortage of food engineering expertise.
Designed to tackle food industry challenges such as productivity,
health, minimising waste and reducing energy use, the NCEFE will support the
food and drink industry through collaborative research and development projects
and by developing new and enhanced facilities, processes and equipment and
creating a knowledgeable workforce with experience of leading engineering
systems and processes.
It will also include pilot-scale production facilities,
laboratories, workshops and teaching spaces and will play a strategic role in
developing advanced engineering capability for the food and drink industry,
providing a major competitive advantage to the sector.
The Centre, and the associated Food Engineering degree programme,
has been developed in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and
the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, along with funding from the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Office for Students (formerly
Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor for research at
Sheffield Hallam, said: “The Health Innovation Park will be a pioneering
place that will translate excellent research into practical innovations to
tackle the world’s health challenges and significantly improve global health
and wellbeing, UK productivity and export potential.
“The NCEFE will support the food and drink industry in
helping to keep the UK at the forefront of capability and efficiency in a very
“This project builds on our existing strong track record of
attracting investment and providing excellent research and knowledge transfer,
working in partnership with industry to develop education programmes that are
designed to support organisations in narrowing the skills gap within the region
Set to become the most advanced research centre in the world for developing
innovations that will improve population health and physical activity levels,
the AWRC will
form the centrepiece of the Health Innovation Park and will look to increase
people’s mobility through lifestyle change and technological innovation to
reduce the risk and consequences of chronic diseases.
The key facility, which is situated
opposite the NCEFE and is set to open later next year, has been supported by
the Department of Health and Social Care, who have committed £14million of
funding to the project.
The new Centre will feature indoor and
outdoor facilities for 70 researchers to carry out world-leading research on
health and physical activity in collaboration with the general public and
private sector, with a focus on taking services and products from concept to
In 2015, Canon Medical
Systems (formerly Toshiba Medical) and Westfield Health were
announced as the first major, private sector partners of the AWRC and will
provide cutting edge equipment and technology to assist with research. parkrun became
the AWRC’s third major partner in 2016 and will work together with their two
million registered runners to improve their health and wellbeing.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and the Sheffield Children’s
Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Wosskow Brown Foundation and the Sheffield
Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust have also become partners.
close links with the National Centre of Sport and Exercise Medicine will enable
researchers to work with the population of Sheffield and use local communities
to explore and test the potential of new innovations and products.
Professor Alison Metcalfe, Pro
Vice-Chancellor of the University’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing said: “Mobility
is fundamental to a person’s physical and mental health. Finding new and
diverse interventions to increase people’s mobility and engagement with
physical activity and exercise across their lifespan can transform their health
“Bringing together public and
private sector organisations is vitally important to developing products and
services when it comes to growing our economy and UK productivity and our own
practitioners, scientists, engineers and designers here at Sheffield Hallam
regularly collaborate to address global health concerns.”
Richard Caborn, project lead for
Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, said “Seeing the steelwork on the AWRC rise six
storeys above Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is another key milestone in the
redevelopment of Attercliffe.
“We are bringing wealth creation and job
opportunities to the region, providing tangible evidence of how Sheffield is
delivering the Olympic legacy of economic regeneration.”
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