Wednesday, April 6, 2022

News: Latest AMP buildings approved


Detailed plans for the latest commercial space on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham have been approved.

The world-renowned AMP is part of Harworth Group's wider Waverley regeneration scheme where there is the potential for over 2,000 new jobs to be created.

Outline plans were approved last year for a further 242,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace on land to the south of the AMP at Whittle Way and Highfield Spring.

The latest reserved matters application from Harworth is for part of the site and shows three buildings that can be sub-divided into 11 separate units with a total floor area of 92,800 sq ft.

The buildings are designed to be inkeeping with the character of the AMP, and proposed building materials are to include metal resin rain screen cladding, profile metal cladding and smooth black bricks.

Access is set to be off Whittle Way and Rotherham Council planners secured an improved landscape plan for the site.

Knight Frank is the agent for the scheme, known as R-Evolution Phase Four.

Andrew Blackshaw, Chief Operating Officer, Harworth Group plc, said: “The AMP is a nationally significant centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing and innovation, and testament to Harworth’s ability to deliver large-scale regeneration and attract world-class occupiers to our sites. This next phase of direct development will support the creation of additional high-skill jobs and investment opportunities to the local area.”

Chris Davidson, Joint Regional Director for Yorkshire & Central, Harworth Group plc, added: "We are incredibly proud of the development and growth of the AMP to date. R-Evolution Phase 4 will offer the next generation of high-quality and flexible units at the site, built to a high environmental specification. We expect them to attract a wide range of potential occupiers, further enhancing the occupier line-up of innovative manufacturing businesses at the AMP."

In its latest financial results, Harworth stated that 1.6 million sq ft had been built or sold so far on the AMP with the intended amount of development on completion (scheduled for 2025) at 2.1 million sq ft.

Harworth is also currently underway with the delivery of a 100,000 sq ft facility at the AMP, on behalf of sportswear manufacturer SBD Apparel. Contractors, Lindum York, say that construction work is due to be finished in summer 2022. It is expected to create more than 200 jobs when fully operational.

Harworth Group website

Images: Harworth / Harris Partnership


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