In October the LightForm team moved from its home in the historic Sackville Street Building to the brand-new Henry Royce Institute Hub Building at The University of Manchester.
The Royce Hub Building is the flagship building of the Henry Royce Institute, the UK's national institute for advanced materials research and innovation. It serves as a focal point of the Institute’s national partnership with eight other leading institutions – the universities of Cambridge, Imperial College London, Liverpool, Leeds, Oxford, Sheffield, the National Nuclear Laboratory, and UKAEA.
The building hosts £45 million of new state-of-the-art equipment alongside existing facilities in Manchester for biomedical materials, metals processing, digital fabrication, and sustainable materials research. The hub houses 400 researchers, PhD students and professional services staff driving research and innovation in advanced materials. Alongside this is a variety of collaboration spaces for industry engagement, helping to accelerate the development and commercialisation of advanced materials.