Tuesday, July 8, 2014

News: Nikken moves forward with new Rotherham facility


Plans have been submitted for a new research & development, training and showroom facility in Rotherham, showcasing the tools, machinery and products manufactured by Nikken.

With European headquarters on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate and a technical office and demonstration / testing facility already at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, Nikken enjoys a global dominance of the rotary table technology market and supply manufacturers operating in the aerospace, defence, motorsport, automotive and medical sectors.

The new building on the AMP has a proposed gross floor area at phase 2 of 2,184 sq m and will act as a marketing and training hub for the company alongside its existing Rotherham warehouse.

Part of Harworth Estates' R-evolution development, the building is to be a showpiece element for the company and will compliment the existing buildings on the AMP. It has been designed by Sheffield's Bond Bryan architects, who have designed a number of buildings on the park, including the successful Evolution development.

The building's layout is proposed in two phases to suit Nikken's business plan for future expansion. The phases have been developed for the companies' growth, with phase two proposed within eight years. Nikken has acquired the land and is funding the development itself.

The facility is set to include a curved glazed fa├žade and a double height reception area where visitors will be able to see directly through into the showroom area. Other areas include office space and training rooms.

Nikken Kosakusho Europe is a subsidiary of Nikken Works Limited Japan and its Rotherham headquarters opened in 1999.
Nikken's Unit 2 at R-evolution is being joined by to Maher, a supplier of high-performance alloys at Unit 1, and speculative devlopment at Units 3 & 4.

Harworth recently completed a forward-purchase agreement for Plots 3 & 4 with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council for £4.3m, with Harworth being responsible for the letting of those units in 2014. It also secured a £2.7m loan from the Sheffield City Region Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA) Fund.

Elland's Marshall Building Contractors has begun the construction of Plots 3 & 4 (pictured).

Nikken website
Harworth Estates website

Images: Bond Bryan / Harworth Estates


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