Work on a second Rolls-Royce factory is set to get under way on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, bringing another 180 hi-tech jobs to South Yorkshire.
Construction of the new factory, the size of almost three football pitches, could start this autumn, after the project got the green light from Rotherham Council’s planning board.
The development, known as Project PoWeR, will make giant pressure vessels, standing 23 metres high and weighing 140 tonnes, for the next generation of civil nuclear power stations.
Welcoming the granting of detailed planning permission for its new civil nuclear manufacturing facility, a spokeswoman for Rolls-Royce said: “This is positive news and we continue to progress our plans for the new facility.”
The go-ahead for the second Rolls-Royce factory comes two months after the group started building its Advanced Blade Casting Facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park and days before the official launch of a new hi-tech training centre and nuclear manufacturing academy on the AMP site.
Details of the new Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing will be unveiled on Friday.
The AMRC Training Centre is due to start offering training in advanced engineering for up to 250 apprentices a year from next 2013, in addition to training in higher skills and continuing professional development courses.
The National Skills Academy will be for any manufacturers seeking skills to enter the nuclear market.