The construction has commenced for the new £55m advanced manufacturing park TeesAMP, which will be located on the former Newport Ironworks in Middlesbrough.
With a total space of 11-hectares, the site will be transformed into a 21st-century advanced manufacturing park – which comes at a good time as there has been a shortage of high-quality national accommodation suitable for manufacturers.
Robertson North East is the main contractor for the project.
Garry Hope, regional managing director of Robertson North East, said: “The site is really starting to take shape and seeing the first buildings come together is an important milestone in what is a nationally significant project.
“We are proud to be playing our part in creating a game-changing development and adding to the industrial footprint on Teesside.
“We extended TeesAMP’s commitment to appoint local businesses, and we’re working with local sub-contractors and suppliers wherever possible.”
Plans show that buildings will vary from 3,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft totalling 180,000 sq ft for phase one of TeesAMP by early 2020.
Geoff Hogg of Cleveland Property Investments said: “TeesAMP is gathering momentum, and the high-quality accommodation isn’t the only thing that sets it apart from any other business park or cluster.
“Manufacturers based at TeesAMP will have access to a wrap-around package of business support and a ready supply of highly-skilled workers from local educational institutions such as Middlesbrough College and Teesside University.
“We’re in talks with a number of national and international companies interested in ‘making it in Middlesbrough’ – bringing skilled advanced manufacturing jobs with them.
“TeesAMP truly is the go-to location for the next generation of manufacturers who want great connectivity, world-leading skills and first-class accommodation.”