The Nuclear AMRC operates research, production and business support facilities in South Yorkshire and other key regions.

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 University of Sheffield AMRC and AMRC Training Centre, and a host of high-value manufacturing companies. 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 £35 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.

The building also features accommodation over three stories, including laboratory and technical support space, 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, and certified to ISO 14001 for environmental management. We are also certified to ISO 9001 for quality management.

North West
Our North West 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.

Work focuses on developing and proving modular manufacturing techniques for nuclear applications, including new reactors of all sizes, decommissioning and waste management.

Nuclear AMRC Midlands is a new industrial R&D centre at Infinity Park, Derby. We opened the pilot facility in February 2019, and are now preparing to build a full-scale manufacturing research centre in collaboration with local partners.

We have initially taken two workshops, plus office space, in Infinity Park’s iHub facility, to develop technology demonstrators and test ideas.

The larger workshop is a flexible incubator for new manufacturing technologies, operating at an earlier level of manufacturing readiness than our other facilities. It hosts a series of reconfigurable manufacturing bays where advanced physical and digital equipment can be configured to meet the needs of industry customers who want to explore and develop new technologies and processes.

The second workshop focuses on developing our capabilities in new technical areas including controls and instrumentation (C&I). We are working closely with member company Ultra Electronics and other partners to bring the same innovative collaborative approach to the UK’s C&I requirements as our main facility brings to the challenges of large-scale mechanical engineering.

Nuclear AMRC Midlands also acts as a regional base for our supply chain development programme, allowing us to work more closely with companies across the UK’s manufacturing heartlands.

We are now working with partners to develop a £20 million bespoke research facility of around 5,000 square metres on Infinity Park. We secured £6.85 million from central government in August 2020, followed by funding approval from Derby City Council in November. Planning approval was granted in summer 2021.

The new centre will focus on later-stage development in technology areas which will deliver the maximum impact for the UK’s nuclear supply chain, creating an initial 70 jobs and helping to reboot the local economy after the Covid-19 crisis. The building will also provide a new base for the University of Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering.

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.