Infinity Park Derby
About Infinity Park Derby
Infinity Park Derby is a unique collaboration between Derby City Council, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Rolls-Royce and Infinity Park Derby LLP which includes Wilson Bowden Developments and Peveril Securities.
The Park is located to the south of the city, next to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and within 15 minutes of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) such as Toyota Manufacturing (UK), Bombardier and JCB. Plots are available on a design-and-build basis, and can be purposed for anything from office-use to industrial distribution.
Infinity Park Derby was awarded Enterprise Zone status in 2016.
Information on design-and-build in Infinity Park Derby is available on the Infinity Park Derby website.
Nuclear Skills Academy
The centre-piece of Infinity Park is the Nuclear Skills Academy previously known as the iHub.
The Nuclear Skills Academy is a partnership formed between Rolls-Royce Submarines and the University of Derby. The objective upon the formation of the academy, is to create a dedicated pipeline of talent to sustain nuclear capability within the Rolls-Royce submarine programme, and support the UK’s growing nuclear sector by developing the right skillset for supporting key employers and securing their ongoing presence in Derby.
The Nuclear Skills Academy is supported by industry and education experts, including the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the National College for Nuclear, the University of Derby and Derby City Council.
The Academy welcomed its first intake of apprentices in September 2022 and aims to provide 200 new apprentices each year with nuclear education for at least the next 10 years.
Further information about the Nuclear Skills Academy is available on the University of Derby website.
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
April 2023 saw the completion of the new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC Midlands) facility on the newly formed estate road Rutherford Way. The new facility provides a permanent base in Derby for the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear AMRC, part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and a new home for the University of Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE).
The new 4,300m2 facility will build on a previously successful pilot at IPD by expanding the centre’s capabilities in technology areas to help UK manufacturers win work in the nuclear supply chain.
While the Nuclear AMRC’s original facility in South Yorkshire focuses on mechanical manufacturing processes for power plant components, Nuclear AMRC Midlands specialises in emerging technology areas including digital engineering, control and instrumentation systems, and additive manufacturing.
The new building, funded by the D2N2 LEP and Derby City Council was designed by Stephen George + Partners and built by Stepnell on behalf of IPD LLP. It is based around a large open-plan workshop which will host a flexible range of state-of-the-art manufacturing and research equipment, with ten metre ceilings and 50 tonne cranes to allow work on large fabrications and assemblies.
Nuclear AMRC laboratory facilities will include dedicated space for 3D printing and rapid prototyping, virtual reality and visualisation, and equipment qualification. The building will also include dedicated space for engaging with local schools and colleges, to help encourage young people to consider careers in science and engineering.
More information is available on the Nuclear AMRC website.