£2m deal signed for Sheffield training base

Sheffield Business Park.
Sheffield Business Park.

A £2m deal has been signed to create a new engineering training centre at Sheffield Business Park.

The site will become the principle training and examination centre for Argyle-Ruane Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Sam Spencer, of Bruton Knowles.

Sam Spencer, of Bruton Knowles.

The firm is a provider of non-destructive testing (NDT), which is the application of non-intrusive measurement techniques that identify damage and irregularities in materials such as pressure vessels, storage tanks and other safety-critical components.

The building will house unique teaching facilities for a range of disciplines, as well as meeting and conference facilities and Level 3 consultancy support.

It will also act as a business centre for members of the Institution, complementing its head office in Westminster.

A further £1.5m will also be spent on the existing steel framed office building.

Peter Croft, marketing executive for Argyll-Ruane Ltd, said: “The move represents a substantial investment in improving the organisation’s teaching facilities with new equipment throughout and new interactive LED screens in each classroom to optimise the learning experience of delegates.

“The move will also see an increase in parking facilities and improvements to the catering provision.“

The University of Sheffield has taken a site opposite for a new high technology engineering school currently being built.

Property consultancy Bruton Knowles helped to broker the deal. Sam Spencer, of Bruton Knowles, said: “With the current increasing investment in the area, the new site will become a centre of excellence for mechanical engineers.”