Designed in Sheffield: Advanced Wellness Research Centre granted planning approval

The new Advanced Wellness Research Centre (AWRC) is one step closer to realisation after being granted planning approval by Sheffield City Council.

The AWRC has been designed by the award-winning Sheffield based architects HLM, and will form the centrepiece of the Olympic Legacy Park in Sheffield.

The 6 storey building has been designed to house a number of state of the art facilities including a 7.5m high indoor laboratory, 3rd generation pitch with cameras and tracking instruments, 3D biomechanical and gait analysis and scanning, a manufacturing workshop, MRI, CT, ultrasound, body composition measurement and physiological testing and a technology demonstration hub.

The AWRC will be home to up to 70 researchers from Sheffield Hallam University and will develop technical services and products as well as academic research.

Construction is due to start in early 2018 and once completed, the work undertaken at the AWRC will help to create a new economic zone between Sheffield and Rotherham, drawing in public and private investment in their research which in turn will be used to create jobs and further opportunities for growth in the area.

Mark Swales, Director of Estates and Facilities for Sheffield Hallam University said:

“HLM have been a pleasure to work with on this project. Their design will house what will become the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world right here in Sheffield.”

Nick Beecroft, Director at HLM said:

“We are delighted to have been part of the Olympic Legacy project in Sheffield and designed this landmark building. The Advanced Wellness Research Centre will be the heart of the Olympic Legacy Park. The research and innovations undertaken at the centre will attract investment, leading to job creation and driving growth in our home city.

“One of the four key sectors for the future of the North of England is health innovation¹. The Advanced Wellness Research Centre fits into a wider picture of the North as a globally significant player, with Sheffield at the forefront.”

1. “Health innovation: Breathing life into the northern powerhouse” IPPR North, Nov 2016