Watson Batty Architects were delighted to have attended the official opening of the completed £10.5 million National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering for Sheffield Hallam University on Friday 18th October. Celebrating this grand opening alongside senior staff from the leaders in the food industry like McCain, Princes, Warburtons and Sheffield’s own Maxons Sweets, Watson Batty Architects proudly shared the day with Sheffield Hallam University’s own teams from the Food Engineering and Estates Departments.
Many attendees from the project stakeholders, the industry and most importantly, clients from Sheffield Hallam University congratulated Watson Batty Architects and highly complemented the strong design and the successful flow of spaces and movements within the building.
The new food engineering centre on Attercliffe Road will integrate innovation in food processing equipment with techniques in food engineering and automation. The aims of the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering is to secure the future competitiveness of the UK food industry by:
• Educating the best food engineers in the world
• Creating a centre of excellence for innovation and education in food engineering
• Generating the mind-set, knowledge and behaviour for food engineers
• Securing the UK food industry within the world
The completed Centre, strategically located alongside the Olympic Legacy Park in Sheffield, will focus on engineering processes of food production allowing for greater levels of study in this area. Offering laboratories, conference areas, workshops and teaching spaces, this research led facility will address an industry recognised shortage of food engineering expertise.
Watson Batty Architects extensive experience in the delivery of food production facilities across the UK assisted Sheffield Hallam University in the delivery of a well-designed facility that will serve the University and the food industry for generations to come. Throughout the centre’s development, Watson Batty Architects carried on supporting the project team via a Technical Advisory Role.