Further IAMP development approved

Plans for further development at Sunderland's 370-acre International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) have been given the go-ahead.

Lichfields, on behalf of HBD, submitted an application to Sunderland City Council earlier this year for the second phase of development at IAMP1 One, known as IAMP One Phase 2.

The application covers the construction of a further 1.06 million sq ft of space, primarily for production, supply chain and distribution activities directly related to the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors. Phase 2 includes part of IAMP ONE that already has planning permission, as well as a further triangular area of land that would provide extra development land.

The plans have now been approved, subject to conditions, under temporary delegated powers following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Tom Wheldon, director and head of region at HBD, said: "The new planning consent and additional land at IAMP provides occupiers with more flexibility for bespoke facilities. Having a one million sq ft 'spade ready' site with infrastructure already in place - including over 45MVA power - differentiates the IAMP and illustrates why the scheme was designated nationally and internationally significant.

"We know that innovation isn't in short supply - the industry has huge potential for growth and IAMP exists to support that, providing the facilities and ecosystem to put that innovation into practice and accelerate growth strategies. The North East benefits from an excellent skills base, which hasn't gone unnoticed and is evident in the enquiries we're receiving from both UK and international businesses."

In total, the IAMP development is set to provide up to 4.2 million sq ft of space and support the creation of about 7,600 jobs. More than a third of the available space within IAMP One has already been built out.

France-headquartered SNOP moved into its 194,000 sq ft purpose built facility last year, along with Faltec, which relocated to a new 131,000 sq ft building at IAMP. The 126,279 sq ft Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (CESAM), completed in March this year, before being transformed temporarily into an NHS Nightingale Hospital.

A joint venture partnership between Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council is behind the IAMP project, which is being developed by HBD.

Councillor Graeme Miller, Sunderland City Council leader, added: "IAMP is a location with vast potential, that has so much to offer to engineering and advanced manufacturing businesses, and we're delighted that this planning permission will pave the way for further expansion of the site – something we are sure the market will respond to."