The first phase of the £400 million International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland received planning permission and Henry Boot Developments (HBD) expects to start on site in the second half of the year. The Park will provide a world class environment for the automotive supply chain and related advanced manufacturing businesses. Moreover, the 370-acre scheme is expected to create more than 7,000 jobs.
The first phase of the project is known as IAMP ONE and it will be delivered in partnerships by Sunderland City Council, South Tyneside Council and HBD. It covers 150 acres and will deliver 1.6 million sq ft of advanced manufacturing and industrial space. The second phase will provide an additional 3 million sq ft, turning the scheme into a significant one in terms of size and scale.
“IAMP is what the Northern Powerhouse is all about – it offers an unprecedented opportunity to put the Industrial Strategy into practice and supercharge the North East’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, allowing businesses to benefit from port connections, an incredible skills base and a productive workforce,” said Vivienne Clements, director at HBD.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, also commented on the news about the manufacturing park: “This part of the world has a deserved reputation as a leading place for manufacturing and engineering, and the IAMP will build on that, creating an unrivalled location for businesses in this sector.”
“We are delighted that our vision for IAMP is moving a step closer to reality, and look forward to working with our partners at Sunderland City Council, along with our development partner Henry Boot Developments and also with the North East LEP to deliver a site that will transform the regional economy,” he added.
The International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland will transform the life of the city and its residents, contributing to the regional and national economy.