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University Science Park


University Science Park Launched
March 15, 2017 Asad Moghal City news
The University of Derby Science Park has been officially launched at MIPIM, and will be at the spearhead of the industrial digital revolution.

Adjacent to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce and in the heart of Infinity Park Derby, the park will be home to innovative start-ups and growing businesses in the UK and will bring them together with global companies and leading-edge academic researchers, policy-makers and funders.

Borne out of a partnership between the University of Derby, Derby City Council, major businesses and entrepreneurs, it will write a new chapter in the history of a city with an industrial heritage which stretches back 300 years.

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell said: "We are delighted to be able to support teams of academics and students who will provide an extra dimension to engender innovation and develop world class products.

"This opportunity to work within an outstanding facility with a group of innovators is very much welcomed, especially due to the proximity to the manufacturing bases of prestigious companies such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Bombardier and JCB.

"We believe that this centre of excellence is a good example of the type of collaboration which will enable the Midlands Engine to both stand out and attract potential investors.

"It clearly demonstrates that Derby remains at the forefront of thinking and making."

Derby City Council deputy leader, Martin Rawson said: "None of the science parks which have already been built in the U.K. will be able to equal ours for the quality of collaboration and historical pedigree.

"From The Enlightenment onwards, Derby has been a centre for forward-thinking which has led the world and it still does, particularly in the arenas of aerospace, automobile, maritime and rail.

"The jobs created on the Science Park will be of the very highest quality and will prove that Derby is leading the industrial digital revolution."

The University's Deputy Chief Executive, Hari Punchihewa added: "The creation of the University of Derby Science Park has been a shared vision between ourselves, Derby City Council and our business partners.

"We are looking forward to working with businesses across a range of industry sectors and seeing them develop, grow and flourish within the Science Park environment which is world class in supporting innovation, research, skills development and digitisation."

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Discussion Starter · #22 ·
Infinity Park a bit of a slow burner, it is a shame to have such a spectacular building on the edge of Derby in at the moment what is the middle of nowhere. Imagine the prestige if this building had been built and investment gained if this building had been built near the station or the city centre :eek:hno:

ihub Infinity Park Derby by Mark Jones, on Flickr

ihub Infinity Park Derby by Mark Jones, on Flickr

ihub Infinity Park Derby by Mark Jones, on Flickr

New A50 junction for Derby is in the pipeline
It is thought a new junction and access road could help speed up development in the Infinity Park area

16:13, 19 SEP 2017UPDATED07:07, 20 SEP 2017

Infinity Park put on 'high risk' list after jobs target failure

Regeneration chiefs are to ask the Government for tens of millions of pounds to help fund a string of infrastructure projects – including a new A50 junction.

The new junction – between Burnaston and Chellaston – would enable an access road to be built to the proposed Infinity Garden Village; a development of at least 2,000 homes, more than four million sq ft of employment space and up to 5,000 new jobs, linked to the nearby Infinity Park business park.

The new village is earmarked for land off Wragley Way, near Stenson Fields and on the Derby and South Derbyshire border

'Garden village' on southern edge of Derby backed by ministers
D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership covering the two counties – said a bid to the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund, for “around £32 million”, was due to be submitted at the end of the month.

If successful, part of the funding would be used to build a new A50 junction and access road leading to the proposed Infinity Garden Village.

The money would also fund a string of other infrastructure projects in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

D2N2 chief executive David Ralph said the new A50 junction would be among the biggest projects and would help accelerate development in the Infinity Park area.

This plan details how future development is shaping up
This plan details how future development is shaping up
He said: “The junction [on the A50] would be absolutely fantastic. It would enable the wider development of the Infinity Park area, including the Garden Village development. In time, that will come and we’re applying for more money for that.

“I don’t think it’s an absolute necessity right now, but I think it would be good in the longer term.”

JLL director James Keeton, one of the agents marketing Infinity Park, said a new A50 junction would be good news for the scheme.

He said: “I think the new junction would improve the connectivity between Infinity Park and the A50.

“From an occupier’s point of view, that would improve the attractiveness of the site.

“Having said that, we’re already talking to a variety of potential occupiers about Infinity Park. As is always the case with these sort of schemes, those discussions can take a long time, but hopefully there will be some news we can share soon.”

IT firm brings 50 jobs to Derby after relocating to Chellaston commercial park
Last month, Business Weekly revealed a new strategy had been devised to speed up development at Infinity Park after a report found the £200m flagship scheme was 65% behind its job creation target.

Plans for the 100-acre commercial and technology park were announced in 2013 with the promise of 4,500 jobs.

Of those, it had been forecast 228 jobs would have been created by May this year. However, a report said just 80 had been created, with only a £11.8 million innovation centre – called the iHub – standing on the park, which is adjacent to Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace world headquarters at Sinfin.

The £11.8m ihub complex sits at the heart of Infinity Park and provides flexible workspace for start-ups, early stage businesses and established SMEs. It is currently the only building at the 100-acre site
The £11.8m ihub complex sits at the heart of Infinity Park and provides flexible workspace for start-ups, early stage businesses and established SMEs. It is currently the only building at the 100-acre site
D2N2, which awarded the project £14.37 million through its share of the Government’s Local Growth Fund in 2014, asked the Infinity Park partners to explain why the jobs target was missed.

Derby City Council – one of the partners along with the Harpur Crewe Estate, Rolls-Royce and developers Cedar House, Wilson Bowden and Peveril Securities – blamed the lack of progress on Brexit.

In a report to D2N2’s Infrastructure and Investment Board (IIB), the council said the UK’s decision to leave the European Union had put a “major brake on investment decisions”.

The council then outlined how the IPD partnership intends to accelerate development.

It said steps would include encouraging speculative development; consideration of direct investment by Derby City Council in circa. 80,000 sq ft of workshop and office space; and a review of the marketing strategy.

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Rolls Royce to demolish Basset and Quantum buildings as part of Campus development:

How Rolls-Royce is planning to change Derby’s skyline

Robin Johnson
11:24, 27 OCT 2017

Engineering giant applies to demolish buildings at its civil aerospace site as part of ‘rationalisation and consolidation’ plans

Engineering giant Rolls-Royce has submitted proposals to demolish well-known old buildings at its civil aerospace division as part of plans to modernise the site.

The firm has lodged an application to pull down two large buildings that front Victory Road - the road which currently runs through the middle of the Sinfin site.

The two buildings it wants down are called the Quantum Building and the Basset Block.

The Quantum Building covers more than 2,000 sq metres and was previously used as workshops and storage warehousing.

The Basset Block is a three-storey rectangular flat-roofed former office block, which is clearly visible from Victory Road.

According to planning documents submitted by AECOM, on behalf of Rolls-Royce, it said that the demolition of both buildings was part of “rationalisation and consolidation” plans at the site.

The Basset Block can clearly be seen from Victory Road
The demolition of both buildings could possibly clear the way for wider modernisation plans for the Sinfin site, which were first announced by Rolls-Royce back in January, 2015.

At the time, Rolls-Royce said it planned to invest “significantly” to update its civil aerospace site - replacing ageing structures and building a brand new “aerospace campus”.

The Quantum building was previously used as workshops and for storage
As part of the plans to update the site, the firm is currently realigning Victory Road so instead of cutting the Rolls-Royce site in two, it will run around the north-eastern edge of the site, connecting Merrill Way to Moor Lane.

Work on the £7 million project is already underway and is due to be completed by summer 2018.

Once open, the existing stretch from Moor Lane to Wilmore Road will shut, paving the way for the new £100 million-plus campus.

An artist's impression of the Rolls-Royce aerospace campus
The campus, which Rolls-Royce received outline planning permission for in 2015, will include a £90 million test bed announced in July.

An application has recently been submitted for the new test bed. Meanwhile, detailed plans for the aerospace campus are currently being drawn up.

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It is understood that the overall transformation of the Sinfin site will take place over a 20-year period.

In a statement issued when Rolls-Royce first revealed the aerospace campus plans, it said: “Some of the buildings on our main Derby site are many years old and no longer fit for purpose.

“We need to modernise our facilities to help us continue to be competitive and continue to meet the needs of our customers.”

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Rolls Royce have started construction on their new test bed:

Why what happened today at Rolls-Royce is important to thousands of workers
Engineering giant stages ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work

ByRobin JohnsonBusiness Editor
14:27, 22 MAR 2018

Rolls-Royce has officially started work on a new £90 million test bed that will safeguard thousands of Derby jobs for decades to come.

Earlier today, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the engineering giant’s civil aerospace division at Sinfin, which was attended by Business Secretary Greg Clark.

The firm, which designs, develops and builds the Trent family of jet engines at the site, first announced its intention to build the test bed at Derby last summer.

Now work has officially begun on the development, which is part of a wider £150 million investment in the firm’s civil aerospace business.

The new test bed will be used to put existing and future Rolls-Royce engines through their paces

When Rolls-Royce announced that the test bed would be built in Derby it effectively committed the company to the city for next 30 years, safeguarding around 7,000 jobs.

Trade unions and MPs had feared Rolls-Royce would build it elsewhere in Europe because of Britain’s decision to quit the EU. The company’s last test bed was built in Germany after that country’s government pledged to provide funding.

Rolls-Royce said that “constructive dialogue with senior union representatives in the UK” underpinned its decision to invest in Derby.

The new test bed, which is expected to be commissioned in 2020, will support Rolls-Royce's ongoing transformation of its civil aerospace site and provide additional capacity as the business continues to ramp-up engine production and deliver its record order book.

The new test bed will help Rolls-Royce deliver its record order book

It will be the largest indoor facility of its type in the world and will use digital technology to put engines through various tests.

The test bed itself will have an internal area of 7,500 square metres, making it larger than a football pitch, and will be surrounded by two concrete walls which will measure up to 1.7 metres thick.

Once completed, Rolls-Royce will use the facility to develop the next generation of engines, as well as test existing ones.

It will support the planned doubling of engine production and help the firm deliver on its multi-billion pound civil aerospace order book.

The test bed will be capable of testing a range of engines including the Trent XWB, which powers the Airbus A350 XWB and is the world's fastest-selling civil large engine with over 1,600 on order from 45 customers in 31 countries.

Three new engines will also be tested at the facility. These are the Trent XWB-97, which powers the Airbus A350-1000; the Trent 1000 TEN, which powers all variants of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family and the Trent 7000 which powers the Airbus A330neo.

And the next generation of engines that are in development – the Advance and Ultrafan jet engines – will also come to the new test bed.

At this morning’s event, Mr Clark was given a tour of Rolls-Royce’s existing test bed facilities, before taking part in the ground-breaking ceremony after which he addressed the firm’s workers.

During that speech, Mr Clark described Rolls-Royce’s Derby site as a “cathedral of innovation”.

He said: “The ground-breaking of this new test bed facility is a reminder of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to Derby and the UK. It signifies the next chapter in Rolls-Royce’s proud history.

“The highly talented workforce in Derby will spearhead Rolls-Royce’s ambition to increase engine production to record levels and ensure the UK remains at the pinnacle of engineering and aerospace excellence.

“This revolutionary facility is exactly the type of investment our modern Industrial Strategy will continue to attract.”

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce’s president of civil aerospace, said: “We were very proud to welcome the Secretary of State to Derby to celebrate this important milestone with us.

“It comes at a pivotal moment for our civil aerospace business as we ramp up production to record levels and look forward to completing a hat-trick of new engine launches, with the Trent 7000 set to enter service later this year.

The Trent 1000 TEN has been put through its paces to achieve its certificate of airworthiness

Rolls-Royce makes reactor cores for the Royal Navy's fleet of submarines

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is powered by Trent 1000 engines which have been designed and developed in Derby

“This new facility will not only give us the capacity and flexibility to deliver on our growth plans but also sustains employment across the region.”

It was also something of a double celebration as Mr Clark announced £24 million of government support for Rolls-Royce-led research projects.

The money will be in addition to the £34 million Rolls-Royce is investing to develop more efficient and technologically sophisticated aircraft engines such as the UltraFan.

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Proposals have been approved to enable the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres (AMRC) to establish a new 50,000 ft2 base on Infinity Park – one of the four sites in the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone overseen by the D2N2 LEP.

This is really good news. I was only recently commenting on a different thread that Derby potentially lost out to the inward investment from the likes of Boeing and McLaren by not getting its enterprise status sorted early enough. Interesting that Sheffield are happy to expand their operation to another location. Hopefully some decent companies will follow

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iHub innovation centre passes 94% occupancy

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Just months after celebrating its second anniversary, occupancy levels at the £12m iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park have passed the 94% mark.

Since it was launched in Autumn 2016, the 45,000 ft2 facility has attracted big names in the region’s automotive, rail and aerospace supply chain industries.

Tenants now include global aerospace giant Airbus; Altran, which offers engineering and R&D services; Composite Braiding, which specialises in thermoplastic composite braiding and VRCO, an advanced aviation company, which is hitting the headlines across the globe with the development of the world’s first British-made flying cars.

In February, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres (AMRC), one of the world’s leading manufacturing research institutions, is to set up home at the iHub while a new multi-million pound 50,000 ft2 innovation facility is being developed on Infinity Park.

Speaking about the success of the iHub since its launch two years ago, Councillor Matthew Holmes, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said: “The iHub is continuing to build on Derby’s reputation for developing and creating cutting-edge technologies, particularly in the aerospace, automotive and transport industries. It reinforces Derby’s reputation as the UK ‘capital for innovation.

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Derby plans to invest in new high quality warehouse and offices at...
Derby plans to invest in new high quality warehouse and offices at Infinity Park

Derby City Council is proposing to invest £19.3millon in a high-quality warehouse and office space to stimulate growth and support the city’s transport engineering supply chain sector at Infinity Park Derby.

Infinity Park Derby, is strategically located adjacent to the A50 and Rolls-Royce aerospace campus and will be home to the new facility. The new building will comprise an 80,000ft² warehouse, 15,000ft² of office space, with a further 30,000ft² of mezzanine offices within the warehouse. The Council has negotiated terms with the developers for the site, Infinity Park Derby LLP, and leading Derby based transport engineering supply chain company, Pattonair, who will lease the building upon completion.

This proactive approach from the Council will help to realise the potential of Infinity Park Derby, act as a catalyst for growth and build upon the existing partnership the Council has with Developers and Landowners that has delivered the infrastructure at the site including Infinity Park Way.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and public protection said:

“Derby is a world leader in transport engineering, and this is a fantastic opportunity for the Council to help grow and enhance the facilities we have within the city. This investment will continue to cement our commitment to innovation and growth.”

Pattonair has a long and substantial presence within Derby, operating from facilities with around 600 employees. The planned transition to a new purpose-built campus forms part of their 5-year strategy for growth, securing jobs and creating a stable future for aerospace engineering in Derby.

The firm provides distribution and supply chain management services to the aerospace and defence sectors, including sourcing, inspecting and delivering a range of products such as bearings, fasteners and seals, with operations across the world.

Derby-based aerospace and defence supply chain service provider Pattonair is one of the UK’s fastest-growing medium-sized businesses, making this year’s Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table.

Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead said:

“We’re delighted to be announcing our plans for a world class aerospace campus at Infinity Park. We are keen to work alongside Derby City Council as a partner in this exciting new chapter for Pattonair, delivering world class service to our customers.

This new site covers 9.7-acres, doubling our operational facilities and allowing us the capacity to produce more and create new jobs. Should we get the green light, we aim to be operational during 2021.”

The iHub, which is also based at Infinity Park, has been a huge success since its launch in autumn 2016. It has attracted a diverse range of large and small businesses from across the rail, aerospace and automotive supply industries and is currently 94% occupied.

Cabinet will be asked to approve expenditure and include the project in the regeneration capital programme on Wednesday 13th February.

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Discussion Starter · #31 ·
Update on Infinity Park
Science park phase two plans move forward
August 30, 2019 Marketing Derby Derby News
Plans for the second phase of development at The University of Derby Science Park, which includes the expansion of the iHub, have taken a step forward after a request for a screening opinion was submitted to the city council.

The science park – which forms part of Infinity Park - is a collaboration between Derby City Council, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Rolls-Royce and developers Cedar House, Wilson Bowden and Peveril Securities.

It is located in the south of the city, next to the global headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace.

The second phase could comprise an extension to the iHub, including 38,394 sq ft at the ground floor and 21,764 sq ft at the first floor.

Two more buildings are proposed; a diagnostic centre which would span almost 29,000 sq ft over two floors and a cancer treatment facility which would provide almost 43,000 sq ft of space.

Known as the Rutherford buildings, they will be used for patient diagnostics and treatment including MRI imaging, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, proton beam therapy and supportive care.

The development would also include car parking, infrastructure works, drainage, access, roads and attenuation ponds.

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