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First IAMP tenant Snop UK enlists North East team to create new base

Nissan supplier Snop UK will relocate from Washington to the new £400m site.

The first firm to take up residence at the £400m North East manufacturing hub has enlisted a team to start work on creating its new base.

Car parts manufacturer SNOP UK will be the first occupier at phase one of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), which spans land in Sunderland and South Tyneside at IAMP once the building is complete in June 2019.

SNOP on site at IAMP

An aerial view of SNOP UK's new site which is starting to take shape at IAMP (Image: SNOP)

The development will provide a 194,000sqft car parts manufacturing facility on a 16-acre site.

Newcastle based Silverstone Building Consultancy has been appointed as project manager to deliver SNOP UK's new facility, after the team of building surveyors and project managers won the contract following a competitive tender process.

The full design team has been appointed and comprises all local firms including architect Ian Belsham Associates, mechanical and electrical engineers Sine Consulting and structural and civil engineers 3E.

SNOP, a leading car parts manufacturer with over 30 manufacturing plants throughout the world, will relocate from its current base in Washington to the new purpose-built facility to enable production expansion.

Richard Farrey, director at Silverstone Building Consultancy said: "As a regionally-based independent practice we are very pleased to have secured this appointment, especially as we were competing with national and international practices.

"The scheme has been designed, tendered and a contractor appointed within a short six-month time frame and the project is going to be completed by next June. Due to our previous experience of developing bespoke buildings for the automotive sector we are able to provide a swift turnaround on delivering such projects."

Silverstone previously project managed the construction of two new manufacturing facilities totalling over £13m for car parts specialist Gestamp Automotive in Newton Aycliffe.

Planning permission for the first phase of IAMP was granted last month by Sunderland City Council.

IAMP ONE extends to 150 acres and will provide 1.6m sq ft of advanced manufacturing and industrial space including the SNOP unit.

The second phase will provide an additional 3m sq ft.

David Brander, plant director at SNOP added: "We chose Silverstone due to their considerable experience within the sector. The firm has the specialist knowledge and expertise to understand our manufacturing processes and deliver a building which is tailored to our specific needs."

Source: Chronicle