Arctica delivers plans for Sheffield Hallam University National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering

Arctica delivers plans for Sheffield Hallam University National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering



Stamford-based design firm, Arctica, has assisted Sheffield Hallam University in securing planning permission for its National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering.

Arctica was contracted by multi-national construction firm BAM to deliver the initial outline plans for the site, which will play a strategic role in developing an advanced engineering capability for the food and drink industry, providing a major competitive advantage to the sector in the UK.

Plans for the research-led centre include laboratories, workshops and teaching spaces with work focusing on engineering processes of food production and addressing an industry recognised shortage of food engineering expertise.

The Centre is designed to tackle food industry challenges such as productivity, producing more for less, minimising waste and reducing costs. It will support the food and drink industry by developing new and enhanced facilities, processes and equipment and creating a knowledgeable workforce with experience of leading engineering systems and processes.

Arctica director Jon Fowler said: “The designs for the centre capitalise on two core areas of Arctica’s expertise; food manufacturing and education. We have extensive experience and specialist design knowledge of the food processing industry and delivering buildings for education. Our depth of knowledge covers architecture, services, process,  cost consultancy and project management.

“Designing buildings for education, including teaching spaces, laboratories and eating facilities, requires the ability to blend diverse skills. High quality design, people flows and fire strategy have to be combined with a human touch to create spaces that enable staff to both educate and nurture pupils.”

The Centre, and the associated master’s degree, MEng Food Engineering, are supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and have 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.

Dr Martin Howarth, director of the new facility , said: "The Centre will support the food and drink industry to develop and implement new and enhanced facilities, processes and equipment, to keep the UK at the forefront of a very competitive sector.”

"It will also enhance the development of a highly educated and knowledgeable workforce, through staff development and supporting employees with experience of leading engineering systems and processes.”

"This project builds on our existing track record of working in partnership with industry to develop education programmes that are designed to support companies by creating highly skilled and employable graduates, ready for the world of work."

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