A Rolls-Royce factory set to be built in Rotherham has started construction after the preferred candidate to take on the job was selected.
BAM Construction will undertake the operation, which is due to cost £25 million and will usher in a new era for the engineering company. The factory will be used to produce high-technology single-crystal turbines for large commercial aircraft, and is set to not only boost the company's overall commitment to the sector but also provide a lift to the job market around that Yorkshire town.
Rolls-Royce officials have stated that the development is set to create 150 new positions for people from the area. The company has said that the facility is expected to start producing resources by 2014 with the factory expected to 100,000 blades per year when fully operational.
Once completed, BAM has noted that the structure will have a development value of £80 million and is already looking at building another large factory on the site with officials tendering the plans.
James Wimpenny, BAM regional director, told the Yorkshire Post: "Rolls-Royce is investing significant money. It’s great we are involved in it. It is good for the area and it is good for the region. It is one of the first significant private sector investments in some time."
A spokesperson for the company added that it was a significant step for the construction firm as it previously had no form of long-standing relationship with Rolls-Royce and it provided the perfect opportunity for it to impress the major manufacturer. While construction had officially been started when business secretary Vince Cable hailed the plans as helping in the government's economic plans the contractor had only been revealed now.
Rolls-Royce wowed attendees at the Farnborough Air Show by constructing the world's first jet engine entirely out of Lego. The structure was designed to display the inner workings of a Trent 1000 device which took four over eight weeks to complete.
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