Wednesday, November 18, 2015

News: Planned expansion at the AMP

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Further development plateaus could be created at Rotherham's Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) that would enable an additional 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres) of land for employment.

The UK's premier advanced manufacturing technology park is home to world-class research and manufacturing organisations such as the University of Sheffield, Boeing and Rolls-Royce and smaller, emerging companies developing the next generations of cutting-edge technology.

The AMP is part of the wider Waverley development being brought forward over the next 20 years by the Harworth Group, one of the largest property and regeneration companies across the North of England and the Midlands.

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Plans have recently been submitted for engineering works to level an artificial valley between the Sheffield Parkway embankments and the embankments associated with existing development platforms in the AMP.

Approximately 85,000 cubic metres of material would be needed to create develop plots from restored scrubland between the Parkway and existing buildings occupied by The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing and X-Cel Superturn.

The plans, drawn up by Barton Wilmore, state: "[Harworth] seeks to prepare the application site to allow the AMP to extend and expand to build on its success to date and host additional prestige businesses. This would generate additional jobs and investment into the Sheffield City Region.

"Such an extension would form part of the existing AMP which is fast becoming a high profile business destination and is attracting major employees to the area. Thus, it is envisaged that the application site will be a highly desirable location for businesses to either relocate or start up."

Harworth, which is based on the development, has brought forward capital investment, ensuring that there is land available for immediate occupation in the next phase of development.

The AMP is part of the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone - a series of key sites that will focus growth within the advanced engineering and technology sectors.

Companies located in the zone are benefiting from simplified planning rules and tax breaks for businesses. One of the main benefits that the zones offer is a business rate discount worth up to £275,000 per eligible business over a five year period. Companies within the zone are also taking advantage of enhanced capital allowances (instead of business rate discounts) for plant and machinery.

Plans are further along for Phase 2 of the successful R-Evolution development for two more units, both of which could be subdivided to make four units in total. The units would be from 11,000 to 26,000 sq ft and Colliers and LSH have been advertising the property.

On Phase 1, Nikken Kosakusho Europe is developing a self-funded new research & development, training and showroom facility. The £3.6m investment is now entering the next phase.

With European headquarters on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate, Nikken enjoys a global dominance of the rotary table technology market and supply manufacturers operating in the aerospace, defence, motorsport, automotive and medical sectors.

New plans, drawn up by Barton Wilmore and Bond Bryan, state: "Having established themselves on the adjoining site in an area of engineering excellence and advanced manufacturing research specialism the company now feel confident to further expand their presence with additional support facilities."

On the 0.62 hectare Plot 5 of the R-evolution site, Nikken is hoping to build a development of up to 2,311 sq m (25,000 sq ft) of flexible industrial floorspace, along with associated ancillary office floorspace of up to 20% of the total gross floor area.

Harworth Group website
AMP website

Images: Harworth Group

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