Planning permission for Sheffield Hallam University's new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) has been granted by Sheffield City Council.
Delivered by Sheffield Hallam University in partnership with Legacy Park Ltd, the AWRC is set to become the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world.
The key facility is supported by the UK Government, who has committed £14million of funding to the project.
Designed by HLM Architects, the centre will have facilities such as; 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 primary aim of the AWRC is to create innovations that will 'improve the health of the nation', tackling key issues such as static levels of physical activity, rising obesity and mental health whilst also attracting new jobs and investment to the region.
Opening in spring 2019, it will feature indoor and outdoor facilities for 70 researchers to carry out research on health and physical activity in collaboration with the private sector.
It will form a key part of the City Region's Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) - a
The AWRC will undertake research focused upon taking services and products from concept to market, using the intellectual property, products and knowledge developed in the centre to generate both wealth and employment opportunities.
Sheffield Hallam's vice-chancellor, Professor Chris Husbands, said: “Our vision to develop the most advanced research and development centre for health and physical activity in the world is coming to fruition.
“What this means is that Sheffield Hallam will be leading work which has the potential to transform the nation’s well-being.
“Working in collaboration with the private sector at the heart of the Olympic Legacy Park, our talented engineers and researchers will design new products and services from initial concept all the way through to market.
“This is a major step forward for the University, the city and the country. The AWRC will revolutionise sport, health-care, physical activity and leisure.
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Professor Steve Haake, director of the AWRC, said: “This will cement Sheffield Hallam’s global reputation for putting the science into
Sir Nigel Knowles, chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “This world leading development will be an inspiring example of what can be achieved in our region, creating jobs and boosting our local economy whilst playing an important role in tackling global problems through innovation and research.
“The Sheffield Hallam University AWRC at the Olympic Legacy Park will play a key role in the growth and development of the city region.”
The Olympic Legacy Park will provide organisations with the opportunity to co-locate at the world-class centre of excellence and partner with Sheffield Hallam University to carry out collaborative research and development, sparking new innovations that link the health and
Through the AWRC’s close links with the National Centre