A Cabinet Secretary has announced that Arup to develop full specification have been appointed for the design of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute new Deeside Enterprise Zone.
Arup will work with a variety of strategic partners for the Welsh Government, with the aim of raising the first sod in early 2018. Deeside Enterprise Zone Board originally proposed that Institute is developing. It is divided between two sites, with one focusing on light industry, training and research collaborations and the other, in Broughton, focuses on support high-tech and innovative projects for manufacturing ‘advanced technology’ on a larger scale.
Essentially the work of the Institute will encourage collaboration between Anchor Companies Companies and Major Regional, SME and partners Further / Higher Education to develop systems, processes and manufacturing capabilities of new and innovative that will improve the quality and productivity of businesses in a variety of sectors.
Said Secretary of the Economy, Ken Skates:
“Today’s announcement follows my commitment was published in November 2016 when I announced my plans ambitious for developing advanced manufacturing research institute at Deeside and the promise of £ 20m, so after advice from Deeside Enterprise Zone Board.“I look forward to seeing the final specification will Arup and Partners, with Welsh Government officials are prepared.”
Paul Webber, leader of Arup Wales:
“We are pleased to be working with the Welsh Government on this project. We have experience in developing research facilities of world class and we will take advantage of expertise in all areas of company Arup.
“The institute boost for Wales, helping to develop skills and abilities and growth in the advanced manufacturing sector.”
Arup provides multidisciplinary services including project management, design and engineering, planning and expertise. The new institute is a strong and competitive industrial base set will be a driver for growth and jobs across the supply chain in Deeside, North and Mid Wales, the Northern Powerhouse and beyond.