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Work begins on Gulliver's Valley Theme Park

posted 25 Sep 2018, 06:44 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 25 Sep 2018, 06:45 ]

Work has begun on the new Gulliver’s family theme park resort – with the developers looking to open to the public in spring 2020.

The development – which Gulliver’s say will be their “most ambitious theme park to date” was granted planning permission by Rotherham Council last year. 

The Gulliver’s Valley resort, which will be situated on the 250 acre former Pithouse West site between Wales Bar and Aston in the south of the borough, will include a main theme park hub along with family -friendly accommodation with glamping, self-catering woodland lodges and the central Lilliput Castle Hotel.
 
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy said: “I’m really excited to see work starting on this major development for Rotherham and what promises to be a catalyst for economic growth and job creation in the area.
 
“I look forward to seeing work progress on the site and the hard work and planning over the past few years coming to fruition.
 
“With work now starting on Gulliver’s, and the new caravan and campsite facilities at nearby Rother Valley Country Park also progressing well, I hope the area will be welcoming in many visitors in the not-too-distant future.”
 
Gulliver’s aims to open its brand-new Valley Resort in 2020 which will include a main theme park hub, with rides and attractions aimed at children aged two to 13 and their families. Gulliver’s Valley will also include an indoor water play zone, a climbing centre, a glades attraction, and an education and ecology centre encompassing forest classrooms and outdoor learning adventures for young children.
 
The resort will also offer family-friendly accommodation in the shape of glamping, self-catering woodland lodges and the central Lilliput Castle Hotel. The development will encompass Gully's Dream Village, a community where children with life-threatening illnesses can be given the chance to enjoy cost-free respite in a magical environment.
 
In addition, nature trails, walks, outdoor gyms and woodland runs at Gulliver’s Valley will be available to be used by the local community as well as visitors to the theme park.

Harworth complete phase three of AMP development

posted 12 Sep 2018, 07:23 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 12 Sep 2018, 07:24 ]

Harworth Group plc, a leading regenerator of land and property for development and investment, has announced the practical completion of six new speculative ‘R-evolution’ units totalling 56,549 sq. ft as part of its continued expansion of the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham. 



The AMP, the UK’s premier advanced technology park, has been designed to bring together world-class organisations for the advancement of technology solutions in precision industries, including aerospace, defence, construction, automotive and sport. 

Additional major occupiers include the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Boeing, Rolls Royce, McLaren Automotive, Castings Technology International (CTI), Dormer Tools and Sandvik Coromant.

David Travis, Director of Business Space at Harworth Group, said:

“Another six completed units have been delivered to the highest quality and I want to express my continued thanks to both JF Finnegan and our appointed project team for a job well done. We are now focussed on promoting these units for immediate leasehold occupation to advanced manufacturing and engineering companies, who wish to be a part of the collaborative cluster of high-value occupants that has been successfully established at the AMP over the last decade.”

The scheme is being marketed by jointly appointed agents Knight Frank and Gent Visick.

Metalysis powers up first industrial scale plant in Rotherham

posted 11 Sep 2018, 08:04 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 11 Sep 2018, 08:04 ]

Rotherham based Metalysis is powering up a world-first commercial plant at its Materials Manufacturing Centre in Wath.

The Generation 4 project was mechanically completed in 2017 and has since undergone hot commissioning, trial runs, optimisation and handover to Operations. The handover signifies Metalysis’ transition into commercial production following more than a decade of phased technology development.

Gen4 is the first facility to take Metalysis’ solid-state, modular, electrochemical process to industrial scale and can produce tens-to-hundreds of tonnes per annum of high value, niche and master alloys. 

The modularity of the technology offers further benefits. Unlike most supply sources for niche alloys, Metalysis’ Gen4 plant can offer a wide range of order quantities. Throughout phased expansions, the technology has also presented opportunities to reduce all-in costs and environmental footprints compared to traditional, melting production routes. Gen4 expresses the modularity benefits at industrial scale.

“In powering up and operating our industrial plant, Metalysis is poised to achieve its target to generate significant profits from our new South Yorkshire production facility,” Dr. Dion Vaughan, Chief Executive Officer, said.

“Ours is a true British success story with international implications. Metalysis has grown from the ‘lightbulb moment’ at Cambridge University in the late-1990s, relocated to South Yorkshire to benefit from regional excellence in operational skill-sets in the early-2000s, and now onwards towards a bright commercial future.”

“We share this achievement with a number of partners, notably our plant-builder, K Home International, and our shareholders who have supported the journey.”

Developer selected for Forge Island regeneration

posted 24 Aug 2018, 02:52 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 24 Aug 2018, 02:53 ]

Muse Developments has been chosen by Rotherham Council as its preferred partner for the regeneration of Forge Island.


The successful proposal submitted by Muse Developments includes a cinema, food and drink outlets and a hotel. The leisure facilities will be set within an attractive public space and will include a new pedestrian bridge connecting to the rest of the town centre.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “The very high quality proposals we received reflect the confidence investors have in the future direction and potential of Forge Island, to become a quality development which will achieve lasting benefits for the local community."

Muse Developments is one of the country's leading names in mixed-use development and urban regeneration and has more than 30 years’ experience of delivering high quality developments, including Wakefield’s Merchant Gate, City Place in Chester, Liverpool’s St. Paul’s Square and Marischal Square in Aberdeen.

Dan Needham, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “We’re delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Rotherham Council. This is an exciting proposal for the regeneration of Forge Island and will maximise the benefits of the waterside location as well as extend the town’s cultural offer.”

Further discussions will now take place with Muse with contracts expected to be signed shortly and a planning application submitted later in the year.

The first phase of work has an expected start date of October 2019, with completion within two years.

Muse Developments will also join the Council at this year's Rotherham Show on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September at Clifton Park. Residents and businesses are invited to visit the Transforming Rotherham marquee to view the plans and talk to the developers.

RNN Group receive keys to the University Centre Rotherham

posted 9 Aug 2018, 07:55 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 9 Aug 2018, 07:56 ]

The RNN Group has received the keys to University Centre Rotherham (UCR), marking the build’s completion by contractors, Willmott Dixon.

Willmott Dixon has been working closely with the Group since last September, from milestone events highlighting the development’s rapid progress, to inviting Construction students from across all three Colleges to gain insight into working on large-scale projects.

Alan Neal, Construction Manager for Willmott Dixon who has led and overseen the development from its earliest stages said, “As a local company based in Yorkshire with a strong track record of work in Rotherham, we are excited to be handing over the keys to this brilliant new university centre. One aspect we are proud of is how we’ve been able to work closely with companies in and around Rotherham, to ensure as many as possible were involved with the building work.

“University Centre Rotherham will provide important skills that will benefit the local economy for years to come and we hope it will also encourage many students to choose a career in construction.”

A brand new campus dedicated to offering degrees and professional training qualifications, UCR will provide a state-of-the-art teaching facility in the heart of Rotherham, welcoming students for the first time this September.

Jana Checkley, Director of Higher Education and Skills for RNN Group said, “UCR has been a fantastic journey and as an organisation we are exceptionally proud to have worked with Willmott Dixon on such a beneficial project.

“The new university centre has been built to an extremely high standard and we look forward to moving in our state-of-the-art facilities, ready for UCR to open its doors this autumn to students of all ages and career aspirations.”

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “Access to outstanding education is crucial in ensuring everyone, regardless of their background, can fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions.

“I am delighted to see this important step for University Centre Rotherham, and very pleased that the Sheffield City Region was able to support the creation of the new centre with £3.5m of Local Growth Fund money.”

Cllr Chris Read, Leader of Rotherham Council and Chair of the Rotherham Together Partnership added, “Having UCR here in Rotherham is part of the town’s regeneration and forms a key part of our vision and masterplan to enhance where we live.

“As a Council we are also committed to ensuring all our young people have the best start in life, and what better way can we support this than by ensuring they are able to gain the skills and education they need right here in the borough.

“This university centre will help bridge the skills gap we have which is currently holding the town back. If young people can get better qualifications they would be able to get better jobs, progress their careers and increase their income which can only be a good thing for the town.”

University Centre Rotherham is dedicated to delivering degrees and professional training qualifications in the heart of Rotherham, offering a huge range courses in areas such as business enterprise, graphic design, performance, education, computing and media and photography. 


United Caps announces new factory to be constructed in Rotherham

posted 24 Jul 2018, 07:08 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 24 Jul 2018, 07:10 ]

United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, has announced it will be constructing a new manufacturing plant in Dinnington, Rotherham.

The initial facility will be 5,000 square meters, with an option to expand to 20,000 square meters as business growth demands.

Production is expected to begin at the end of 2019 and will initially focus on beverage and dairy closures, with options to add additional segments as needed. This project represents an estimated €20 million investment including the first phase of machinery and is expected to increase group turnover by 15% in phase one and will initially employ 20 staff.

“This expansion to the United Kingdom is in response to increasing demand there for our products,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of United Caps. “We chose Rotherham because of its central location along the M1, available technical skilled people and the reasonable cost of land in that area. This will be our first plant in the United Kingdom, and we are looking forward to working closely with the Rotherham Council as the project proceeds.”

“We are excited to have a company of the quality of United Caps joining our community,” said Chris Read, Leader of Rotherham Council. “We look forward to working with them to ensure a timely completion of the new factory, as well as future expansions as their business needs dictate. The beginning of operations means 20 new jobs almost immediately, and the welcome news that we can be hopeful there will be many more jobs to come for dedicated local people in the future.”

United Caps conducted a number of market studies leading up to the selection of the Dinnington site. Henckes added, “Our studies reflected that demand was highest for beverage and dairy closures.

More specifically, we will focus on the production of plastic closures for flat and medium carbonated drinks as well as fruit juices and dairy products in PET bottles. Of course, our customers in the United Kingdom will have access to our full portfolio of caps and closures, as well as to the expert resources in our Messia R&D facility.”

Following the success of United Caps Irish plant in Greystones, plant director Paul Gorry will oversee the Rotherham plant as well. He has been Greystones’ plant director for eight years and was involved in the construction of the plant at Greystones and the transfer of the production lines to the new plant in Dinnington.

Cllr Read added: “This development is further confirmation of the attractive location that Rotherham has become for investors, with United Caps sitting alongside McLaren Automotive, Rolls-Royce and others.

"The Council and Local Rotherham Together Partnership are working to give businesses the confidence to invest in jobs, homes and developments within Rotherham and it’s resulting in Rotherham becoming one of the fastest growing local economies in the country.

"As the economy continues to grow we can look forward to seeing more local people in highly skilled and entrepreneurial jobs, and Rotherham becoming a quality place to live and work, with a strong transport, digital and environmental infrastructure.”

Bodycote open new heat treatment facility in Rotherham

posted 19 Jul 2018, 07:05 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 19 Jul 2018, 07:06 ]

Bodycote, the world’s largest provider of heat treatment and specialist thermal processing services, have announced the opening of a new 11,000 sq ft facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), Rotherham. 

With more than 180 accredited facilities in 23 countries, Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation.

Simon Blantern, Vice President of Sales Europe for Bodycote’s Aerospace, Defence & Energy heat treatment division, said: “This investment demonstrates Bodycote’s continuing commitment to align resources to serve both the aerospace and power generation markets.”

The new facility, fully operational in 2018, will offer a number of heat treatment processes. 

ULMA Packaging Invest In New Rotherham HQ

posted 6 Jul 2018, 02:51 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 6 Jul 2018, 02:52 ]

ULMA Packaging Ltd., a leading packaging solutions company supplying the food, pharmaceutical and household goods sectors, has moved into new purpose-built facilities in Rotherham to cope with growth in demand.

Sales of ULMA’s packaging machinery have almost trebled in the past six years so investing in 2,000 sqmtrs of factory space, which includes a 400 sqmtr showroom, was necessary to keep pace with future requirements.

The new energy-efficient premises on Church Lane, Dinnington, are almost three times the size of ULMA’s previous headquarters. As a result, the building can hold significantly more stock and spare parts, ensuring quicker turnaround and wider availability for customers. The new facilities will also feature working machines for demonstration purposes, offering customers the opportunity to visit and trial different solutions when seeking to automate or modernise their production lines.

The organisation , which is part of the ULMA Group  - one of the world’s leading packaging machinery manufacturers - supplies  the UK market with a wide range of innovative solutions including thermoformers, flow pack, fill and seal, traysealing, blister pack, shrink wrapping and sleeve wrapping machines.

Looking ahead to the future, the company predicts further growth in the key automation side of the business, continuing its contribution to the Group’s ongoing success. Commenting on the move to Sheffield, UK Managing Director, Chris Pickles, said: “We have followed ULMA’s trend worldwide and continued to grow in the UK. In line with this global expansion, we now want to increase  our offering and promote ULMA equipment in the UK that has been successful in other areas of the world.”

He added: “Our new location and the ability to hold more spare parts on site will ensure we can deliver even speedier service support. We’ve always been totally focused on the overall customer experience and unrivalled service levels; we’re now in a much stronger position to ensure customers and prospects alike can see for themselves how our solutions might integrate with their own production line technology, to achieve the ultimate aim of improving productivity and boosting the bottom line.”

McLaren Automotive Receive Keys For New Rotherham Facility

posted 19 Jun 2018, 05:27 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 19 Jun 2018, 05:28 ]

A significant milestone has been reached as the ‘key’ to the building that will house the new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC), was handed over to McLaren Automotive ahead of final fitting out.

The MCTC in the Sheffield region will be the Yorkshire-based facility where McLaren will innovate the process for making the ultra lightweight and strong carbon fibre tubs that are at the heart of all of its luxury family of sports cars and super cars.

The finished tubs will then be sent to the McLaren Production Centre in Surrey where the company’s vehicles have been hand-assembled since 2011.

Ruth Nic Aoidh, McLaren’s Executive Director, Commercial and Legal, received the ‘key’ to the building from Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive of Harworth Group plc who have built the unit for McLaren’s use at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. On display for the occasion were the company’s current family of products including members of the Sports Series and Super Series as well as a rare appearance by the McLaren Senna, all 500 units of which have been allocated to customers.

When open, the MCTC will be home to only McLaren’s second ever production facility and the first outside its native Woking. Around 45 McLaren employees are already housed at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), innovating the process for creating lightweight tubs and when fully operational, the team will grow to around 200 people.

Carbon fibre has long been a part of McLaren’s DNA, the company having introduced the very first carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 in 1981. Carbon fibre’s innate strength and lightweight properties mean that the company has never made a race car, sportscar or supercar without it since.

Also on hand to witness the handover alongside Harworth Group plc were a range of stakeholders closely associated with the build including senior representatives from Sheffield City Region, Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Borough Council, contractors JF Finnegan and architects The Harris Partnership.

The building will now undergo several months of fitting out which will see all the manufacturing equipment installed, including a giant press that will make its way from Germany this summer.

Ruth Nic Aoidh, McLaren Automotive’s Executive Director, Commercial and Legal for McLaren Automotive said: “Getting the key to the building that will house the McLaren Composites Technology Centre is a major milestone for us and the next chapter in our growth as a young, ambitious, innovative company.

“It’s also an important day for all of the many individuals, organisations and suppliers who have supported and shared our ambitious plan to make the Sheffield region home to McLaren’s second production facility. This project is also testament to their shared mindset and the region’s long association with advanced materials that we are able to draw on and benefit from.

“Over the coming months the Centre will be fitted out with the production equipment we need to become fully operational next year and support hundreds of skilled jobs.”

Another step forward for Forge Island

posted 19 Jun 2018, 03:54 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 19 Jun 2018, 03:55 ]

A development partner for Forge Island could be chosen as early as July under proposals put forward to Rotherham Council, marking further progress on the Town Centre Masterplan.

Plans include a major leisure destination at Forge Island, a new University Centre, refurbished bus station and markets, improved open spaces, and a large increase in the number of people living in the town centre.

The Forge Island development is a key scheme in the Masterplan and includes plans for a cinema, hotel, and eateries. The project includes three sites - Forge Island, the Riverside Precinct and the adjacent former Magistrates Court.
 
Rotherham Council is currently out to market for a partner for the project. Earlier this year, the Council invited expressions of interest, with 35 development packs sent to interested parties. From these, three potential partners have been invited to submit detailed proposals, with a deadline of 29 June.

Now, councillors are being asked to delegate decision-making powers to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment to ensure an appointment can be made quickly.

If agreed, the decision would mean that a legal agreement could be drawn up by the Autumn, a planning application submitted, and building work started at the end of 2019 or early 2020.
 
At the same meeting, councillors will also be asked to agree purchasing the outstanding properties in Riverside Precinct and to progress with flood alleviation work before development work takes place.

Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “We are committed to our vision for the town centre, to have a much-improved visitor experience with lots more to do and to see, and a town that is welcoming with a family friendly atmosphere.
 
“In the last several months, the Town Centre Masterplan has been adopted, the Law Court and old Tesco sites have been purchased, the old buildings demolished, and building work is progressing on the new University Centre and bus station.

“Choosing a partner for Forge Island is now a critical next step in this process and we want to make sure we get that right.”

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