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Rolls-Royce is set to secure detailed approval for its Project Power facility in Rotherham - the next phase of its Advanced Manufacturing Park development.

The engineering giant hopes to start work at the 200,000 sq ft factory – to be used for manufacturing and assembling power vessels for the next generation of nuclear power stations – next month (September).

A report to be scrutinised by Rotherham Council (30 August 2012) recommends the plans are approved subject to certain conditions.

Rolls-Royce is to construct a factory building on a 15.8-acre (6.4-hectare) plot acquired from UK Coal which will be rectangular in shape with the main body of the building and the high bay featuring a barreled roof.

The building will be of irregular height but rise to 33 metres at its maximum to accommodate the extremely large parts and vessels needed to support the power generation sector. The factory will also be equipped to handle temperatures of up to 60°C.

Last year, Rolls-Royce secured outline approval for factory developments totalling 475,000 sq ft (44,000 sq m) on the AMP and in June started construction of its advanced blade casting facility. That factory will manufacture high technology turbine blades for large civil aero engines and create 150 jobs while the Project Power plant is expected to create 180 posts.

A third, smaller factory is also proposed at the AMP location, which could house one of Rolls-Royce's suppliers.

As part of the Project Power development an existing embankment will be excavated to provide an appropriately sized development plot. About 65,000 cubic metres will be removed from the site, including 25,000 cubic metres arising from the need to create deep foundations and pits to accommodate the building.

This will be included within 450,000 cubic metres of material used to complete restoration contours at land off Orgreave Road/Highfield Lane for Harworth Estates.

Rolls-Royce's deal with Harworth Estates, the property arm of UK Coal, to acquire 32 acres of land at the Advanced Manufacturing Park for £11m deal was named South Yorkshire Property Deal of the Year at Insider's seventh South Yorkshire Property Gala Dinner.

Article by
Laurence Kilgannon

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