Green light for AMRC’s new £20m Lancashire facility
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The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has been given the go-ahead for a new £20m facility in Lancashire.
Planners at South Ribble Borough Council and Ribble Valley Borough Council granted permission for AMRC to build and equip a facility in a landmark location at the heart of the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone, one of four zones that make up the wider Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Cluster.
The 48,000 sq ft facility will focus on vehicle electrification, battery assembly and ‘lightweighting’ technologies,
Capital funding for the project has been provided through the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP)’s Growth Deal. In addition, a £2.5m revenue grant from the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) matched with £1.6m from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult) will secure the creation of a high-performing technical R&D team.
James Hughes, research director at the University of Sheffield AMRC North West, said: “We are delighted that work can now begin on an applied research facility that will equal the best in the world, consolidating the reputation of Lancashire and the wider Northern Powerhouse as the go-to-place for innovation expertise and skills in advanced manufacturing.”
Steve Fogg, chairman of the LEP, said: “We have worked hard to attract the AMRC to the Samlesbury Aerospace EZ and backed it with £20m of Lancashire Growth Deal Funding.
“The AMRC will play a key role in helping the county’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors to maintain their leading position in the UK, by driving growth, productivity and innovation and supporting Lancashire firms to compete nationally and internationally.
“The AMRC is also another hugely important investment in the Samlesbury Aerospace EZ. We expect considerable synergies between the AMRC and the growing number of top-class, high-tech facilities that are already on the site and it will also complement UCLan’s Engineering Innovation Centre, which the LEP also helped fund.”