Sheffield’s place at the cutting edge of hi-tech manufacturing in the UK was assured recently, when Sheffield University unveiled plans for a new Advanced Manufacturing Campus.
Up to a million square feet of new research facilities could be built on the former Sheffield City Airport over the next seven to 10 years.
The new campus will be three times larger than the land which will continue to be occupied by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the Nuclear AMRC and allied operations across the Parkway on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.
“The Advanced Manufacturing Park has been fantastically successful and great for the Sheffield City Region, but we are running out of space,” says Sheffield University director of estates and facilities management, Keith Lilley.
“When we started over there, we began with a tiny development, but growth in recent years has been dramatic. Nowadays, as we are just finishing one development, we are starting on another and we have a further development in the pipeline.”
Mr Lilley stresses that the University has no plans to quit the AMP, but it does urgently need more space and the Sheffield Business Park site will allow it to achieve its campus ambitions.
“The success of the AMRC over the last few years has shown clearly the demand there is for this kind of specialist, hi-tech, high value engineering activity, and it was clear that we would soon outgrow the small amount of land still available on the existing Waverley site,” said Mr Lilley.
“This deal opens the door to a fantastic opportunity, which will allow us and our many partners the chance to build a hub of activity which will bring an enormous boost to the region.”