Sheffield University’s new Advanced Manufacturing Campus crosses the boundary between Sheffield and Rotherham, with about four fifths of the site in Sheffield.
Oddly, part of the site is technically Green Belt land, even though that land includes a Tarmac runway and taxiway, but that is not expected to be an issue.
In fact, so large will the campus be, provision is having to be made for sports facilities for the university staff and researchers that will be working there.
The other issue facing the university’s master planners is HS2. The current route of the high speed rail line runs through part of the site, before heading off through stainless steel producer Outokumpu’s site.
However, University director of estates and facilities management, Keith Lilley, is confident that the master plan will minimise any impact HS2 might have.
When it is fully developed, in seven to 10 years time, the campus is expected to comprise 100,000 square metres – or more than a million square feet – of buildings, compared with the 30,000 square metres the university currently occupies on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.
That doesn’t mean the university will stop developing on the AMP.
Hopes are high that the newly opened AMRC Training Centre will quickly double in size, expanding on a neighbouring plot.
Meanwhile, the university is planning an £8.75 million expansion of the Castings Technology International facilities on the AMP, which it acquired in August last year in a £6.5 million deal.