A planning application for a 126,279 sq ft manufacturing and innovation facility, that will lie at the heart of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), has been submitted this week.
Just days after the announcement that a second manufacturing plant on IAMP will be considered by Sunderland City Council’s planning committee, a further application has been submitted for The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (CESAM), a space that will provide RD&I (Research, Development and Innovation) and training facilities for businesses in the North East to tap into.
IAMP is being delivered in a joint venture between Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council, with Henry Boot Developments (HBD) appointed as delivery partner.
The announcement of yet another planning application for the site is a shot in the arm for the North East’s manufacturing sector, which is expected to see more than 7,000 new jobs created by IAMP over the next 10-15 years, bringing in more than £400 million private sector investment.
The CESAM facility will ensure that manufactures in the region and beyond have access to cutting-edge open innovation, adoption and knowledge transfer, providing a catalyst for sustainable productivity improvement.
Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “In the face of ongoing uncertainty created by Brexit, as well global challenges facing the automotive sector, we are working as hard as we possibly can to ensure IAMP continues to attract investment, and the CESAM building will bolster IAMP as the place of choice for industry for all kinds of manufacturers – including automotive.
“This is an ambitious development and one that is gathering momentum. Our ambition for IAMP is to diversify our economy, and create many thousands of jobs for decades to come. The strong pipeline of interest we have gained from a broad range of manufacturing industries backs that up.”
Occupying a prominent plot within the scheme, covering 10.6 acres, the CESAM building will comprise office space, a production facility and yard, along with 300 car parking spaces.
Councillor Iain Malcom, Leader of South Tyneside Council, added: “We have seen SNOP‘s factory rise from the ground, and in very short succession, two applications are progressing for IAMP, which is a huge coup for this scheme.
“More than that though, CESAM represents a facility that will transform the region’s capabilities when it comes to innovation, and that will make the North East an even more exciting proposition to investors.”
He added: “Despite market uncertainty, the momentum we are seeing, and the interest in this site absolutely demonstrates that the North East is open for business and a hugely attractive place to invest.”
Tom Wheldon, Regional Manager at Henry Boot Developments, said: “IAMP offers a unique opportunity for advanced manufacturing businesses to supercharge their growth targets, and will no doubt prove the perfect location for CESAM’s manufacturing and teaching facility.
“IAMP is a game-changing scheme for the North East - with its port connections, strong local skills base, significant power capacity and connectivity, there is no better location for companies in the automotive and advanced manufacturing industries. It will bring millions of pounds into the area and we’ve been very encouraged by conversations taking place with prospective occupiers.”
Located next to the UK’s largest car manufacturing plant at Nissan, IAMP will provide a bespoke, world-class environment for advanced manufacturers from a range of industries, as well as the automotive supply chain, with 4,200,000 sq ft of floor space available.
IAMP One covers 150 acres and will deliver 1.6m sq ft of advanced manufacturing and industrial space. The second phase will provide an additional 2.6m sq ft, creating a scheme of significant size and scale. UK Government has pledged £42m from the Local Growth Deal through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) towards infrastructure including new roads, bridges and environmental enhancements to support the development. The Local Growth Deal is supporting major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport as part of the North East Growth Deal.
Helen Golightly, chief executive of the North East LEP, said: “We’re thrilled to see that IAMP is attracting interest of this calibre. The CESAM facility will be a significant asset to our region and further enhance the appeal of IAMP to more investors.”
To find out more about IAMP, visit http://iampnortheast.co.uk