Henry Boot Developments Limited (HBD) has secured planning permission for the first phase of the £400m International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) in Sunderland, and expects to start on site in the second half of the year.
The land, which is next to the Nissan plant in the city, will provide a ‘world-class environment for the automotive supply chain and related advanced manufacturing businesses.’
This first phase, known as IAMP ONE, covers 150 acres and will deliver 1.6m sq ft of advanced manufacturing and industrial space. The second phase will provide an additional 3.0m sq ft.
IAMP is being delivered in partnership by Sunderland City Council, South Tyneside Council and Henry Boot Developments.
Vivienne Clements, Director at Henry Boot Developments Limited, said: “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.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: ‘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.’
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Graham Miller, said: “The IAMP is one of the most significant developments that the region has seen in decades.
‘Thousands of people will be employed by businesses that will be located on this world-leading advanced manufacturing park, and it will be truly transformational for the city, the wider region and the national economy. We are delighted that planning has been approved for the first phase of this development and look forward to delivering a location that will act as a magnet for inward investment, keen to tap into the opportunities in Sunderland and South Tyneside.’