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Advanced manufacturing campus in South Yorkshire could create 1,800 jobs

Plans for a huge advanced manufacturing campus which could employ 1,800 people on the former Sheffield City Airport have been submitted by the University of Sheffield.

The proposal is for 1.3m sq ft of buildings on the site - now Sheffield Business Park - beside the Parkway between Rotherham and Sheffield.

It includes a £30m National Material Institute, a £20m Fast Make Centre of Excellence, where prototypes move to manufacture within months, and a £30m Energy 2050 development to help make energy more affordable, secure and sustainable.

The plans state the development could lead to the creation of up to 1,881 jobs and contribute up to £74.2m annually to the local economy. It would see old airport buildings demolished and land close to the Parkway turned into a construction site.

Dubbed AMRC2, it will be the latest in a long line of research centres, following the original Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre on the other side of the Parkway, which now sits within the Advanced Manufacturing Park after attracting more than 40 hi-tech companies.

The plans state: “The development at Sheffield Business Park of the AMRC Campus 2 has already attracted significant interest from partner organisations nationally and internationally. The University anticipates that this interest will, just as with Rolls-Royce, develop into significant investments for manufacturing, employment, and gross value added to the local, regional and national economy.

“The global renown of the University’s AMRC activities indicates the potential for AMRC2 Campus to be a prestigious development which contributes to civic pride and most importantly significant investment in manufacturing.”