Flintshire council has approved plans for a multi-million-pound Advanced Manufacturing and Research Institute (AMRI) in Broughton.
Work to appoint a contractor is already underway and construction of the building is expected to begin shortly, it’s hoped the institute’s first facility will open in summer 2019.
The AMRI programme, which will be geared towards increasing Wales’ productivity, commercialisation, innovation and skills development, could add as much as much as £4bn to the economy over 20 years.
Economy Secretary Ken Skates welcomed the deal: “I am delighted that planning permission has now been granted for the Broughton site of our new Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute.
“This means that work can continue at pace on a project which will maximize economic opportunities in the region and has the potential to increase Wales’ GVA by as much as £4bn over 20 years.
“In order to compete globally, Wales must remain competitive. As set out in our Economic Action Plan this means adapting to modern techniques and understanding the potential opportunities offered by collaboration and changes in the economy such as the fourth industrial revolution.
“The new institute will have these aims at its very heart. I am genuinely excited by the impact it could have on our economy and look forward to work progressing well and to the institute hopefully opening in summer 2019.”
The Institute which was first announced by Ken Skates in 2016, will ensure Deeside and North Wales is at the forefront of aerospace development.
The facility will be located adjacent to Airbus’ Broughton site on Chester Road and will comprise of a research and development workshops to develop the Airbus ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ programme: designing aircraft wings which are cheaper, faster and easier to assemble using advanced metallic or composite materials.
“The Institute will give a huge boost to the competitiveness of the advanced manufacturing supply chain in Wales and I am delighted Airbus is part of this exciting journey from the very start.
“I’m looking forward to seeing new technologies and techniques being developed under the AMRI roof and the major benefits they will bring.”
The proposed building will be 19 metres high which allows for cranes to cover the workshop spaces, which will be single storey.
The adjacent ancillary office and welfare space will be four-storeys, 22 metres high and comprise of office space on the ground and first floor, with plants on the second, third and fourth floors.
Up to 160 people working at the facility daily with desk space for 140 people along with meeting rooms.
This space will also be used frequently for school and college groups as well as important visitors to the Institute.
A second AMRI site is also in the pipeline it will be a networking, training, business development and advice facility within the Deeside Industrial Zone.
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