Jobs in pipeline as Rolls-Royce JV signs for new AMP building

Published 12th May 2016 at 10:07am

A HI-TECH firm launched through a joint venture between aero engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and engineering, logistics and consultancy group Unipart has been announced as the first letting at a 32,000 sq ft building set to open at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in South Yorkshire.

MetLase, which will create 30 technical engineering jobs over the next two years, has taken 10,000 sq ft of space.

MetLase uses high precision, laser cutting technology, combined with patented assembly and joining systems, to enable engineers to produce prototypes rapidly. The MetLase technology originated in the aerospace industry and will now be available to companies in other sectors for the first time.

Steve Dunn, MetLase’s managing director, said: “We’re looking forward to moving into the purpose built units at the new building. MetLase is an entrepreneurial business that provides bespoke engineering solutions to complex problems where precision and speed of deployment are critical. The site offers us the flexibility in which to grow in line with the demands of the market.”

The new building, which is owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and is set to open later this month, has been designed and built by local contractors Britcon, working alongside AHR Architects and WYG Engineers.

It will provide workshop and office space for growing technology and engineering companies, offering 11 flexible spaces between 1,000 and 3,600 sq ft.

It is anticipated that the building will provide SME companies from the neighbouring Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre the opportunity to expand into larger premises, as well as attracting high technology companies from further afield.

The AMP Technology Centre, which was officially opened in 2006 by three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, is now home to more than 50 high growth companies.

The MetLase deal was delivered by management and lettings agents Creative Space Management (CSM).