Tuesday, September 16, 2014

News: New AMP commercial development set for approval

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Plans to create much needed new offices and workshops on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham are set to be approved this week.

The AMP is the UK's premier advanced manufacturing technology park. Businesses on the park already provide world-class technology solutions for use in precision industries.

Landowners, The Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), which took on the assets from Yorkshire Forward, submitted a planning application for the next phase of development at the AMP Technology Centre which features workshop and office accommodation incorporated into a new rectangular three storey, 26,000 sq ft building.

The application is being recommended for approval at the council's planning board this week.

Designed by architects, Aedas, to create a "striking statement building that displays a simple and refined architectural style" it would provide double height workshops with mezzanines floors and office accommodation situated across all three floors.

To satisfy planning regulations, the application, which was put together by Barton Wilmore, shows the need for high quality space with a mix of offices and workshops on the AMP.

John Palframan, manager of the AMP Technology Centre, said in support of the application: "The current Technology Centre occupancy is 96% with workshop occupancy at 100%.

"There are companies within the Technology Centre that need to expand and do not want to locate away as they collaborate with other companies on the AMP but the next sized unit available on the park is 11,000 sq ft.

"Without suitable sized workshop and supporting office accommodation at the AMP the potential is for developing companies to move out of the area and potentially out of the UK.

"We have also had enquiries from companies that are looking to occupy workshops and office space in the Technology Centre, we cannot accommodate them due to the lack of available space.

"If we are to attract advanced technology companies to the region there has to be suitable accommodation with the required specification in the right area available, these types of companies need a high standard of accommodation within a clustered environment."

Companies hoping to expand or move to the AMP are involved in a wide range of advanced manufacturing areas including carbon capture technology development, navigation systems for use underwater to aid divers, sports design and manufacture, medical device development, server cooling systems, specialised seals and composite hi-fi speakers.

Plans are also being progressed for the phases at the R-evolution development where 52,000 sq ft of speculative industrial space is already under construction on the Waverley site.

Advanced Manufacturing Park website

Images: Aedas

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