Tuesday, February 16, 2016

News: AMP's second R-evolution

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Detailed plans for the next stage of commercial development at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) have been submitted to Rotherham Council and could see the creation of a further 73,000 sq ft of space at the UK's centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing.

Developers, Harworth Estates is transforming a reclaimed former industrial site at Waverley into a thriving new 740 acre development which includes the AMP - dubbed "the elite "Mayfair" address for advanced manufacturing."

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Industrial space on the AMP is in high demand. Harworth's Evolution development - a 87,500 sq ft development that was then fully-let - sold for £7.2m in 2012. Since then, the first phase of the R-evolution development (pictured) was brought forward, securing lettings from X-Cel Superturn, Maher and Nikken Kosakusho Europe.

Now detailed plans have been submitted for Phase II of the R-evolution development by Harworth Estates Investments Limited which include three separate buildings on Plots 6, 7 and 8 and proposes high quality business, manufacturing and office floorspace in classes B1/B2/B8.

The application site is located within an Enterprise Zone and to provide flexibility, plans show that two of the units could be subdivided, creating units from 11,000 to 26,000 sq ft. They are set to be constructed in the same style as the surrounding units.

The plans, drawn up by consultants at Barton Willmore, state: "R-evolution represents the current development being undertaken at the AMP and is aimed at providing flexible floorspace to new and established businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector.

"These exciting proposals will further enhance the AMP and will continue to assist in the economic development and regeneration of this area of the Borough and help the Council to positively prepare for growth over the coming plan period. In this respect the application is entirely consistent with the area's Enterprise Zone designation and its requirements."

The plans also include details of the associated sub station, access, servicing, parking, landscaping and other infrastructure.

Construction firm, Britcon is close to completing the third building on the nearby AMP Technology Centre site - a further 32,291 sq ft facility that will include five split level workshops with shared office space.

There is around 50 acres that remain to be developed for employment use at Waverley. A larger development of up to 300,000 sq ft, called "AMPlify" is predicted on a further 21 acres.

There are nearly 1,000 people employed at the AMP, with the potential for over 2,000 new jobs to be created through further development.

A specialist in brownfield regeneration, the company, which is based on its own flagship Waverley development, manages around 31,370 acres across some 200 projects, with consent for 8,000 new homes. It was created through the complex restructure of what was UK Coal.

Operating under a new structure allows the group to access capital on better terms than it has in the past, accelerating existing investment opportunities and increasing the potential to acquire new land for redevelopment.

Harworth Estates website

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