Hopes are high that world- beating advanced manufacturers, creating hundreds of well-paid, hi-tech jobs and bringing millions of pounds into the local economy will be attracted to the Sheffield City Region by Sheffield University’s new campus.
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has already acted as a magnet for global technology giants like Rolls-Royce and a catalyst for hi-tech start-ups.
There is little doubt that the creation of the AMRC and the Nuclear AMRC were pivotal in Rolls-Royce’s choice of the Advanced Manufacturing Park for its new aerospace blade casting facility and “Project PoWeR” development to make giant pressure vessels for civil nuclear power stations
Sheffield University is confident its ambitious plans will attract top advanced manufacturing businesses to Sheffield Business Park’s 50 acre Phase 2 development on the line of the former airport’s runway
It is already working with Sheffield Business Park to attract potential occupiers and says companies have already shown an interest in setting up operations on Phase 2, in order to be close to the new campus.
AMRC executive dean, Professor Keith Ridgway, says the new development represents a step change in the university’s ability to work in partnership with some of the world’s leading companies.
“We already have fantastic relationships with a number of leading aerospace and engineering companies and we’ve proved over the last decade that there is an enormous appetite from industry for the innovative work we do here,” said Prof Ridgway, speaking shortly after the deal with Sheffield Business Park was signed.
“This significant expansion will put us in an even stronger position in terms of translating the research carried out by the University of Sheffield into practical applications which offer high tech solutions right across the manufacturing sector.”
Sheffield Business Park’s managing director Graham Sadler added: “The University’s commitment is fantastic news, both for the business park and the city region.
“A landmark development in its own right, it will also act as a catalyst for our Phase 2 extension, which will include advanced manufacturing enterprises.”