Construction is currently underway at the former site of Newport Ironworks in Middlesbrough for the new £55M advanced manufacturing park, TeesAMP, which should reach completion by early 2020.
The first phase of the new manufacturing park will feature 180,000sq ft of manufacturing space across the 11 hectare site, with building size varying from 3,000sq ft to 30,000sq ft, creating job opportunities for a predicted 1,000 people.
The Regional Managing Director of Robertson North East, Garry Hope stated: “The site is really starting to take shape and seeing the first buildings come together is an important milestone in what is a nationally significant project. We are proud to be playing our part in creating a game-changing development and adding to the industrial footprint on Teesside.
“We extended TeesAMP’s commitment to appoint local businesses and we’re working with local sub-contractors and suppliers wherever possible.”
Construction is being carried out on the site by Robertson North East, who have been appointed at the principal contractor on the project, while funding was gained from the Middlesbrough Council, who provide £12.5M, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, who supplied £7.65M, the SSI Taskforce, which provided £2.3M, and various large private investments.
Geoff Hogg, of Cleveland Property Investments, added: “TeesAMP is gathering momentum and the high-quality accommodation isn’t the only thing that sets it apart from any other business park or cluster. Manufacturers based at TeesAMP will have access to a wrap-around package of business support and a ready supply of highly-skilled workers from local educational institutions such as Middlesbrough College and Teesside University.
“We’re in talks with a number of national and international companies interested in ‘making it in Middlesbrough’ – bringing skilled advanced manufacturing jobs with them. TeesAMP truly is the go-to location for the next generation of manufacturers who want great connectivity, world-leading skills and first-class accommodation.”
The site is also located near very accessible transport links within Middlesbrough, which is located, itself, within the heart of the Tees Valley, and will operate in conjunction with several heritage sites and visitor attractions.
Possessing educational facilities on the history of the old ironworks, the new manufacturing park will also become an educational and historical centre for any visiting schools, colleges and members of the general public to provide an unparalleled educational experience of the local area.
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