Royce Translational Centre


The new state-of-the-art centres provide places of research into new technologies and will allow businesses to gain access to university research expertise and test out 4IR technologies such as AI, sensor technology, big data and robotics. The centres will further boost Sheffield’s reputation as a hub for advanced

The design utilises a frameless glazing system that does away with aluminium mullions or transoms or point fixed connections. The vertical face glass is bonded with a structural silicone to vertical glass fins and captured at the periphery in a channel.

The unit sizes are 2.0m wide and 7.6m tall and supported by one-piece full height 7.6m multi-ply glass fins, which makes them the largest application of this style of glazing in the UK. COOL-LITE SKN 176 II was specified. The laminated glass fins were produced in extra clear low iron glass – Saint-Gobain DIAMANT in order to give a clear transparent view through the façade glass with minimal visual obstruction.


Project stakeholders

  • Client: University of Sheffield
  • Architect: Bond Bryan Architects
  • M&E Engineer: Curtains
  • Main contractor: JF Finnegan
  • Facade fabricator: Alusec
  • Glass processor: Glassolutions


Royce Translational Centre
Sheffield Business Park
Europa Ave
S9 1ZA