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Building work progresses at our Health Innovation Park

Monday 14 January 2019

Situated at the heart of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park (OLP), the Health Innovation Park aims to bring together research, education, health and business.

Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) is set to become the most advanced research centre in the world for developing innovations that will encourage people to be more active and adopt healthier lifestyles.

The new centre will feature state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities for 70 researchers to carry out world-leading research, who will be drawn from a range of disciplines such as Sports Engineering, Materials Engineering, Software Development, Elite Sports Science and Psychology. It is hoped that the site will become a model of urban development that will drive economic growth, health improvements and community wellbeing.

The National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE), which is being designed to tackle current food industry challenges, will be situated alongside the OLP. This site will focus on the application of engineering to improve food processing, thus working to address an industry-recognised shortage of food engineering expertise.

Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor for research at Sheffield Hallam, said: "The Health Innovation Park will be a pioneering place that will translate excellent research into practical innovations to tackle the world's health challenges and significantly improve global health and wellbeing, UK productivity and export potential.

"The NCEFE will support the food and drink industry in helping to keep the UK at the forefront of capability and efficiency in a very competitive sector.

"This project builds on our existing strong track record of attracting investment and providing excellent research and knowledge transfer, working in partnership with industry to develop education programmes that are designed to support organisations in narrowing the skills gap within the region and beyond."

The structural steelworks of Sheffield Hallam University's two new research centres are now in place, with the new developments due to be complete in summer 2019.

If you would like to follow the progress of our 20-year Campus Masterplan, please click here.

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