To Infinity and beyond

Derby City Council has signed a collaboration agreement with the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and one of the world’s leading manufacturing research institutions to open a new nuclear research facility on Infinity Park Derby, the city's 100-acre Enterprise Zone, located next to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace.

Proposals have been approved to enable the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to establish a new multi-million pound innovation facility (50,000 ft2) on Infinity Park which will be an extension of the existing iHub and allow more new technologies to be delivered in the Midlands.

AMRC was established by the University of Sheffield in 2001 and has developed into a cluster of innovation centres focusing on the UK’s key engineering industries.

It recently helped secure more than £100m in inward investment to the Sheffield City region from Boeing, Rolls-Royce and McLaren and is looking to replicate its success with the new research centre at Infinity Park, which it hopes will attract firms seeking to develop new technologies to the city.

The agreement will support Derby City Council and D2N2’s bold strategy for improving the region’s economic growth, skills and jobs whilst the site will receive Catapult Centre status as a nationally-recognised centre for hi-tech research and business growth.  

Airbus, which is headquartered in Toulouse, France has recently opened a new office at the iHub.  The aeronautics company will collaborate with Rolls-Royce on the development f a new engine that is 25% more fuel efficient and chose to locate to the iHub due its proximity to Rolls-Royce.