Sitting proudly on the site of the former Orgreave colliery and coking works, the AMRC is a powerful symbol for what is possible in areas scarred by lost industry and limited opportunity. It has spurred regeneration with the development of a 150-acre Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, with up to 3,500 new jobs, transforming a once bleak landmark of industrial confrontation into a thriving centre of industrial collaboration and innovation.
Where the coking works once dominated the landscape, there are now around 100 thriving companies employing 2,000 highly skilled workers.
The research and innovation excellence of the AMRC and its sister Centre, the Nuclear AMRC, has been the key magnet for all of them including some of the world’s biggest manufacturers: Rolls-Royce setting up on the site in 2015, Boeing Sheffield and McLaren in 2018. In 2020 UKAEA was enticed to build a £22m nuclear fusion research facility next door. The AMRC has not only transformed an area but also whole communities – where the Battle of Orgreave played out in 1984 now stands the AMRC Training Centre with its proud record of training more than 1,500 apprentices and putting £20m into the homes of some of the region’s most disadvantaged families, changing communities for the better.