About The Project

Project Name: AMRC
Main Contractor: Cartwright Pickard
Location: Samlesbury, Lancashire
Completion: 2021
Cost: £11m


RIBA stages 1-6
Architectural design


BCO Northern Awards – Finalist
RICS Award – Best Commercial Development in the North West
Construction News Awards – Project of the Year (shortlisted)
Lancashire Project of the Year – North West Construction Awards

System Supplied

Bespoke Fabrications, LandMark I, SnapLok Capping, Soffits, Window Liners


Throughout the project, Fusion Facades worked alongside AMS Cladding Limited and our supply chain to provide a high-quality facade for the University of Sheffield. The project was completed during a global pandemic, which Fusion Facades adapted to while still delivering exceptional service. It’s been a privilege.

At the entrance to the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone, the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre North West combines modern workspace with a flexible high-tech workshop. Lightweight bronze metal cladding was used over a landscaped bund to blend the 48,000 sqft building into the colour and tone of the rural surroundings.

As a flagship research centre for advanced manufacturing, the building had to meet the highest environmental standards. The office and seminar rooms have horizontal glazing slots with projecting cappings and perimeter framing for passive solar shading. Reflective solid panels are used within the curtain walls to reduce solar gain even further, while retaining the articulated openings that distinguish the office and seminar rooms from a nearby main road.

A neutral colour catches the warm tones of the morning and evening light while defining the different internal uses from the office with a subtle shift in colour. To help break down the mass, junctions between the sheets are articulated with bronze fins denoting where the structural grid occurs internally.


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