Minister signals green light for Britcon at AMP

Building and civil engineering contractor, Britcon has started on site to design and build a £4.2 million technical centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Sheffield.

Managing Director, Paul Clarkson was on site with Communities minister, Lord Ahmad and land owner, Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to perform a ceremony to break ground on the project.

Working alongside AHR Architects and WYG Engineers, Britcon will deliver a 32,291 sq ft facility on the AMP which will include five split level workshops with shared office space. The building is to be marketed as an incubator for high tech business alongside other buildings within the AMP.

The AMP supports businesses that provide world-class technology solutions for use in precision industries including aerospace, defence, construction, automotive, sport and others. The 100 acre development is a joint venture between public and private sector organisations to create an internationally recognised centre for engineering, innovation, research and manufacturing excellence.

At its hub, the AMP has some of the world’s leading materials and manufacturing technologies organisations: the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC), Rolls-Royce, Castings Technology International (CTi), TWI Technology Centre (Yorkshire) and the Nuclear AMRC. The technology park is also part of a plan announced this week by Sheffield and Rotherham to create the first Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District in the UK.

Britcon expects to complete the project in September 2015.