A day after Sheffield Eagles moved into their new stadium at the Olympic Legacy Park, a further proposal has been announced for the site.
Sheffield Hallam University has submitted an application to build a National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering next to the new rugby league ground.
A decision will be made on whether the university is successful in its application by the end of July this year.
Dr Martin Howarth, the centre director, 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 capability and efficiency in a very competitive sector.”
Dr Howarth used to work at Sheffield Hallam as the Head of Department of Engineering and Mathematics.
With financial support of £6.9m coming from HEFC (the Higher Education Funding Council for England), the Food and Drink Federation and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, the site has plenty of potential.
Richard Caborn, project leader of the Park said: “We welcome the investment by Sheffield Hallam University in this research facility which, when constructed opposite the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, will add to the research capabilities of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.”
If the application is successful, it will add to the university’s presence on the site with the £14m Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre already there.