Sheffield/Rotherham Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District
IBI Group led a team of planning and transportation consultants in developing a vision for the development of an Innovation District anchored around Sheffield and Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Park.
ClientPeel Group and Harworth plc
Reinventing an industrial hub
Located on the Sheffield/Rotherham border in South Yorkshire, the 100-acre Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) is home to a cluster of high value manufacturers including Boeing, Rolls Royce and McLaren with a focus on composite materials, aerospace, civil nuclear and energy.
IBI’s visioning work explored the potential for the AMP to become the core area of a fully integrated Innovation District dedicated to advanced manufacturing.
Commissioned by a client partnership comprising Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, both Sheffield universities and land owners Peel and Harworth, IBI Group led a team including transport, property and planning specialists to develop a vision and strategy for its implementation. This team was complemented by further specialists providing oversight and critical support for the economic case.
Our vision defined an innovation eco-system that included flexible development plots, start-up support, education and research, high quality housing, supporting infrastructure and multi-modal transport system, and a range of networking spaces and places all within a high quality, connected landscaped environment.
A key consideration was the impact that good placemaking can have in defining the right environment to attract high value businesses and a highly skilled workforce; re-defining an area for the era of the fourth industrial revolution.
Guy Pearson is a qualified architect and urban designer. His interest and skills lie in the links between the two disciplines, including master planning and designing mixed use, high density urban neighbourhoods. Guy is an advocate of sustainable design to create liveable, healthy communities.