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Rotherham’s leaders support AMP Vision extension

posted 10 Nov 2010, 06:02 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 11 Nov 2010, 00:39 ]
Rotherham’s leaders have given a positive response to the news that agreement has been secured to safeguard the future of the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

The arrangement between joint venture partners UK Coal and Yorkshire Forward sees a three year extension to the AMP’s ‘Vision’, which means that only companies operating in industries and technologies relating to high tech engineering and advanced manufacturing can locate their businesses onto the AMP in Rotherham.

Councillor Gerald Smith, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development Services, said;

“This announcement secures the AMP’s position as the UK’s premier advanced manufacturing technology park. The AMP already has a global reputation for the quality of its advanced manufacturing technology solutions, and is home to many world-class companies. 

“This three year extension to the AMP Vision means that the AMP will be able to fully realise its potential, attracting more advanced manufacturing-related projects and companies to the AMP, and bringing additional investment and high quality jobs to the Rotherham economy.”

 This announcement comes only two weeks after the Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron praised the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC), which is based at the AMP, as a prime example of the type of technology and innovation centres that the Government wishes to create where industry and academia work closely together.

The agreement with Yorkshire Forward will also see UK Coal relocate its property arm, Harworth Estates, to offices in the AMP Technology Centre building as part of the deal. The AMP is part of Harworth Estates’ flagship 700 acre Waverley Regeneration project.  Plans for a new Waverley community to be developed at the site over the next 20 years include almost 4,000 homes, commercial developments, a school and other public facilities.

Simon Hill, Executive Director of Business for Yorkshire Forward, comments:

“The AMP is an exemplar of collaboration between industry and academia, and one in which we have invested since our inception. The Vision we have signed with our partners Harworth Estates ensures that the incredible work being done onsite has a commitment long after our closure, securing and creating jobs now and in the future.

 “We feel that Harworth Estates’ move to the AMP will provide further business confidence to the site and continue to cement Yorkshire and Humber’s position as a centre of excellence for manufacturing to a global marketplace.”

Owen Michaelson, Managing Director of Harworth Estates says:

“As a sign of our continued commitment, we are pleased to confirm the vision which controls the type of business activities that are able to locate on the Park will be extended for a further three years until 2013. The AMP vision will by then have been in existence for a total of 12 years.

“As joint founders of the AMP concept and promoting its benefits along with partners Yorkshire Forward, we also feel our presence there will be an added stimulus to the further growth of the facility as a centre of excellence for high-tech developments in the field of metals and materials. Our staff is enthusiastic at the prospect of relocating to the AMP, a site we continue to manage and service, and which we and Yorkshire Forward believe can deliver thousands of new jobs in cutting-edge technologies for many years to come.”