Hi-tech jobs boost moves step nearer

Artist's impression of Bond Bryan's designs for the Rolls-Royce Advanced Blade Casting Facility to be built on the Advanced Manufacturing Park
Artist's impression of Bond Bryan's designs for the Rolls-Royce Advanced Blade Casting Facility to be built on the Advanced Manufacturing Park
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Rolls-Royce has moved one step closer to creating 180 hi-tech aerospace jobs in South Yorkshire after submitting detailed plans to build an Advanced Blade Casting Facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

The 14,300 square metre factory is one of three that the group hopes to build on the site and will make jet engine turbine blades capable of withstanding temperatures of more than 1,900C.

Consultations on the proposals are expected to last until early April, with Rotherham Council due to make a decision around the start of May.

If the council approves the plans - drawn up by Sheffield architects Bond Bryan - work will start soon after and be completed in around a year.

The Advanced Blade Casting Facility is to be built on land beside the existing Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre, across the road from the new Knowledge Transfer Centre.

Rolls-Royce has outline planning permission to build three factories on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

One of the other factories would be dedicated to making safety critical components for civil nuclear power stations.

Known as Project PoWer, it would initially create a similar number of jobs as the Advanced Blade Casting Facility and could eventually cover 21,000 square metres - the size of almost three football pitches.

The third factory could be occupied by one of Rolls-Royce’s suppliers or the company itself.

Rolls-Royce is understood to have chosen South Yorkshire for its new plants because of the availability of people with the skills it needs, existing links with suppliers from the region and the ease of access to other parts of the UK and the rest of the world.

The company’s existing collaboration with Sheffield University over the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and new Nuclear AMRC.

Two years ago, the company chose the AMP’s new technology incubator, Evolution@theAMP, as the site for a hi-tech facility designing the new generation of aero engine turbine discs, which are being made in Sunderland.