McLaren factory plan submitted

Impression of the proposed McLaren factory on the AMP, bottom right.
Impression of the proposed McLaren factory on the AMP, bottom right.
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A plan has been submitted for McLaren’s supercar factory on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

Land owner Harworth Group has lodged an application with Rotherham Council for a unit on Whittle Way that would be visible from the Sheffield Parkway.

Harworth plans to build it and let it to McLaren, but a deal has not yet been finalised.

A Harworth spokesman said: “We’re seeking consent from Rotherham Council to build a 75,000 sq ft commercial unit at the AMP, prior to leasing to a suitable occupier.”

The application does not mention McLaren - but its logo is used in all artist’s impressions of the building.

The company announced in February it would build a Composites Technology Centre close to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The supercar company is set to ‘re-shore’ production of its carbon fibre chassis to Rotherham, in a £50m deal set to create 200 jobs. Recruitment is already underway.

It unveiled a new Monocage II chassis which will form the core of a new model, the 720S, at the Geneva motor show last month. Prices start at £208,000.

Construction is due to start this year with prototypes built by the AMRC, expected to be delivered to the McLaren factory in the second half of this year. Full production is set to begin by 2020.

The site is an Enterprise Zone benefiting from fast-track planning and tax breaks.

The McLaren announcement was followed by aerospace company Boeing unveiling plans to build its first factory in Europe in the area.

The £20m deal will see ‘Boeing Sheffield’ make hi-tech components called actuators for aircraft in a plant set to stand on the Sheffield side of the Parkway.