Rebecca Wayman

Latest multi-million-pound facility for Sunderland sees 150 jobs in pipeline

The construction of a multi-million-pound car parts facility seeing the creation of 150 jobs is now complete.

Silverstone Building Consultancy project managed the construction of the 194,000 sq ft purpose-built automotive facility in Sunderland.

This is the first unit in the first phase of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), which could lead to the creation of around 7,000 local jobs.

French car parts maker SNOP - which has over 40 manufacturing plants - has taken occupation of the facility where recruitment for 150 roles is underway, just over a year after Silverstone was appointed as project manager and employer’s agent on the scheme.

David Brander, plant director at Nissan supplier SNOP UK, which has relocated from its base in Washington onto the park, said: “Careful consideration has gone into the future life of the plant and this is evidenced by the foundations, steel frame, services layout and internal syphonic drainage system, which are designed to take a later future extension.

“We’ve been fortunate to benefit from Silverstone’s extensive experience and specialist knowledge of the automotive sector, which enabled such a fast turnaround on planning, design and delivery.”

The newly-created £15m building incorporates a full occupier-led design solution which is said to meet the client’s future needs including an on-site drainage system, energy-saving LED internal and external lighting and a concrete press pit structure.

Richard Farrey, the director at Silverstone that managed the project, added: “It has been our pleasure to be involved in this ambitious bespoke project, which saw our experts working together with the client and the full design team to provide the very best attention to detail, and advise on the most cost-effective routes to fully meet their needs.

“The project remained within budget and delivery timescales and we’ve been delighted to hand over the keys to enable SNOP UK to begin manufacture.”

Once complete, IAMP One, the first phase in the transformation of the 150-acre site, will provide 1.6 million sq ft of manufacturing and industrial space, to be followed by an additional phase of three million sq ft.

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