PBA has been appointed through the University of Strathclyde’s Framework Agreement as civil and structural engineers to extend the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), a critical hub for manufacturing industry research at the University.
The current AFRC is a world-class research facility housing over £16m worth of equipment and has the capability to heat, shape, finish, measure, test and analyse metal parts and components.
The new ARFC extension will house the largest forge in Europe – an 8.5m high, 200 tonne dynamic press forge allowing the university to extend its cutting-edge research for manufacturing industries and industry leaders such as Rolls Royce and BMW. The building will be complete by June 2019 ready for delivery of the new forge in July 2019, and is being constructed while the existing facility remains in operation.
As part of the proposed development, additional car parking is to be constructed in the existing car parking zones. The extension will increase the surface water and foul water discharge from the site, and PBA has been given the responsibility for drainage design, liaising with Scottish Water and the local authority to agree discharge rates. The project also utilises BIM, with each consultant using Revit models to deliver drawings and ongoing clash detection.