Facilities

The Nuclear AMRC operates extensive research, production and business support facilities in South Yorkshire and Manchester.

South Yorkshire
Our core facility is an 8,000 sq m research factory on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), on the boundary of Sheffield and Rotherham, where we sit alongside the AMRC with Boeing, Castings Technology International, AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre and nearby AMRC Training Centre. See our contact page for full address and directions.

The Nuclear AMRC is based around an open-plan 5,000 sq m workshop, containing over £30 million worth of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment tailored for nuclear industry applications. The building acts as a research factory for innovative and optimised processes in machining, welding and other key areas of large-scale manufacturing technology. For detailed information about our workshop resources, download the Nuclear AMRC equipment & capability directory (5MB pdf).

The building also features accommodation over three stories, including laboratory and technical support space, immersive virtual reality facilities, open-plan offices and secure meeting rooms.

The building was designed by Bond Bryan Architects to BREEAM Excellent environmental standards.

Work at the Nuclear AMRC focuses on metals engineering and does not involve nuclear critical aspects such as fuels or other radioactive materials. We are committed to environmental sustainability, certified to ISO 14001 for environmental management, and follow the AMRC environmental policy (pdf). We are also certified to ISO 9001 for quality management.

 

 

 

 

AMP Nuclear AMRC

Birkenhead
Our new Birkenhead facility focuses on research into modular manufacturing processes for nuclear, and acts as a regional hub for the nuclear supply chain in North West England and North Wales.

Modular manufacturing involves the off-site assembly of large-scale complex systems, which are then transported to site for final installation. These techniques are already widely used in shipbuilding, aerospace and other safety-critical industries – in the nuclear sector, they can significantly reduce construction risk and help deliver new power stations to schedule and cost.

The Nuclear AMRC Birkenhead facility was opened in July 2017. With over 1,000m2 of workshop space, the new facility will host specialised machining, joining and assembly equipment to develop and prove modular manufacturing techniques for nuclear applications. Work will address modular manufacturing for new reactors of all sizes, as well as the challenges of decommissioning and waste management.

The facility is hosted by Cammell Laird, a tier one member of the Nuclear AMRC.

Manchester
The Nuclear AMRC has dedicated laboratory facilities within the Dalton Nuclear Institute at The University of Manchester, plus access to the Institute’s extensive manufacturing, testing and analytical resources.

The Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory is based in the former Royce Laboratory within the University’s Sackville Street building. The facility includes a range of state-of-the-art equipment including machining, cutting and welding centres; tensile testing machines and autoclaves; and electron and x-ray analytical facilities.

The laboratory focuses on three key areas: new materials and processing, including cutting; welding and joining; and surface technology.

Research in each area is underpinned by detailed analytical characterisation, thermo-mechanical testing in nuclear environments, and modelling and simulation, to make sure that all technologies are optimised and appropriate for manufacturing nuclear components.