Work is poised to start on the next phase of the Advanced Manufacturing Park – close to the site where miners battled police outside the former Orgreave coking works 30 years ago.
Harworth Estates – whose origins can be traced back to the former National Coal Board – will start work next month on the 100,000 sq ft first phase of the new development, dubbed R-evolution @ The AMP.
The project is being hailed as the first speculative development on the Park since 2008 and has been made possible by two deals worth £7 million.
Rotherham Council is paying Harworth £4.3m to buy the new development, due to be completed in October.
The property company, set up to redevelop former colliery sites whose ownership passed to the now defunct UK Coal after denationalisation of the mining industry, has secured a further £2.7m loan from the JESSICA fund – an EU scheme.
Rotherham Council director of planning, regeneration and culture Paul Woodcock said: “There is strong demand from high quality manufacturing businesses, who want to join the world-class companies already located here in Rotherham.
“The R-evolution project will provide opportunities for these businesses to grow at the AMP, both further enhancing the reputation of the Park and benefiting Rotherham through the creation of more high quality jobs and investment into the borough.”
Like the rest of the Advanced Manufacturing Park, R-evolution @ The AMP will be built on part of the newly expanded Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone, which will allow it to offer potential tenants a number of benefits.
Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership board member Chris Scholey said: “It is easy to see why the AMP is so attractive to investors, with the likes of Rolls-Royce and Sheffield University rapidly expanding their operations.”
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