Next phase of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is revealed
04 May 2015
The 1.3 million square metre site for advanced manufacturing research could create up to 1,800 new jobs and bring £72.4 million to the local economy.
In 2014, the University of Sheffield signed a deal to secure 50 acres of land at Sheffield Business Park, paving the way for the expansion of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and building on its success at the neighbouring Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).
Plans have now been submitted to Sheffield City Council for 1.3 million square feet of new buildings at the former airport site, which, according to consultants Oxford Economics, could create up to 1,800 new jobs and provide an annual direct contribution of up to £74.2 million to the local economy.
Construction is already underway on the first project on the site, the £43m Factory 2050, which will be the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research.
Other new research buildings could include the £30m National Material Institute, which is part of the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials announced in December, a £20m Fast Make Centre of Excellence and a possible Energy 2050 carbon capture research development.
The plan is considered to be a step towards the development of the UK’s first 'Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District', which could become one of Europe’s largest research-led advanced manufacturing cluster, centred on the M1 corridor near Sheffield and Rotherham, and already home to the AMRC’s facilities at the AMP.