R-evolution Phase 1 at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham was the first piece of direct commercial development that we undertook as a business – two units totalling 52,000 sq. ft within a wider seven acre plot that practically completed in January 2015.
“R-evolution@The AMP” was the first speculative industrial development in Yorkshire for six years and was built to address the lack of good quality commercial space in the region. Harworth began construction of the units in April 2014, with practical completion taking place in January 2015. Both units were built to high occupational standards that included a ‘BREEAM’ rating of very good.
Both units were immediately sold upon completion to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, who bought the units to either sell at a profit or to hold to generate long-term income. Rotherham MBC has been able to let or sell both units since then; precision machining company X-Cel Superturn purchased the first unit of 30,000 sq. ft in early 2015, whilst Metalysis – which works in the production of titanium, tantalum, metal and alloy powders – took a long-term lease on the remaining 22,000 sq ft unit in May 2016 to create a process facility.
Funding for the development came from a £2.7 million loan from the Sheffield City Region Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA) Fund, with the money being used to pay for infrastructure works and for all construction costs. Like the remainder of the AMP, both units sit within Sheffield’s Enterprise Zone – ranked as the UK’s #1 Enterprise Zone, with over 1,000 jobs currently on-site.
The R-evolution development paved the way for Harworth to develop out the remaining available commercial space at the AMP, including the 21 acres known as ‘AMPlify’. Further details can be found via the AMP link on the right-hand side of the page.