Work begins to prepare Sunderland IAMP for future construction phases

Works to prepare Sunderland's 370-acre International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) for the next phase of development are now underway after the appointment of Esh Civils as contractor.

Esh will carry out the design, construction and installation of the infrastructure required to support future phases of development of IAMP, including roads, drainage, utilities, landscaping and environmental mitigation work.

The £6.7m project will be overseen by Henry Boot Developments on behalf of IAMP, and is expected to take approximately 12 months. The first phase of construction is already underway, with French car parts manufacturer SNOP expected to open the first building at the site later this year.

Tom Wheldon, regional manager at Henry Boot Developments, said: "It’s great to see work continuing to progress quickly at IAMP, with Esh now on board – this is a scheme that will bring enormous benefit to both the local area and the wider Northern regions, attracting world-class automotive and advanced manufacturing businesses.

"It’s a fantastic proposition for companies across a range of sectors, combining access to over 45 MVA of power, well maintained infrastructure and high-quality build within a unique environment that can’t be found anywhere else in the country."

Steven Conn, divisional director at Esh Civils, added: "We are delighted to be involved in the first phase of the IAMP infrastructure development, working with Henry Boot Developments to deliver the joint local authority project to attract local employment.

"The award follows two previous schemes successfully completed to improve the access to Nissan and surrounding development plots for Sunderland City Council."