There are now more people currently working at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham than at the height of employment when the site was home to the Orgreave colliery and coking plant.

Recognised as the UK’s premier advanced technology park, the AMP is home to the likes of Rolls-Royce and McLaren, leading names who have been attracted by the state of the art research institutions created at the site by the university.

Consent has been given for 2.1m sq ft of commercial space and 1.3m sq ft has been built. Around 1,500 jobs have been created on the Waverley site, more than the 1,000 jobs during the mining heyday.

Dan Jarvis, mayor of the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority, said: “This is a region with its best days in front of it – rather than behind.”

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