University of Sheffield announces partnership in £32m aerospace centre

The University of Sheffield has been announced as a partner in a brand new global technology centre to be built in Bristol.

The new development will be funded by a £17m commitment from GKN Aerospace and a £15m commitment from the UK government.

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: “GKN Aerospace’s new Global Technology Centre strengthens our aerospace heritage and engineering expertise and will keep the UK at the forefront of the latest technologies and manufacturing processes for the next-generation of aircraft.”

GKN will work with staff from the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), with the new 10,000 square ft building expected to house 300 highly skilled engineers.

Professor Iain Todd from the University of Sheffield AMRC research department said: “This agreement cements our long-term working relationships in this industry and will create many opportunities for students and graduates wanting to gain experience in the aerospace sector.”

The new centre is expected to open in 2020 and will also house GKN Aerospace’s “Wing of Tomorrow” Airbus technology programme.