Supercharging the economy through The Innovation District


Sheffield City Region is home to a globally significant centre for innovation and translational research. The Innovation District produces research-led, technology-based solutions delivered by some of the world’s most talented people working in aerospace, defence, transportation, nuclear, oil, gas and healthcare technologies.  The Innovation District is the go-to-place in the UK, for global leaders looking for advanced manufacturing and engineering innovation.

Born out of a unique partnership between Sheffield’s two universities, private business and the region’s Local Authorities, it builds on the region’s established strength for manufacturing and engineering; accelerating the delivery of new technologies and creating excellent opportunities for trade and investment.

At the heart of The Innovation District, sits the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) and Sheffield Business Park, which - with over a decade of investment – have both expanded to create a 200 acre Research Campus connecting Sheffield and Rotherham and acting as a nucleus for the wider geography.  The Innovation District itself spans over 2,000 acres and is a major driver of growth in the north of England and across the UK.

The Innovation District is the place in the UK for businesses and people to connect, co-locate, collaborate and innovate; attracting business and investment from all over the world, it is home to world-class brands including Boeing, McLaren Automotive , Rolls-Royce, Arconic, Tata specialist steels, Toshiba and Forgemasters.

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and its high-tech research facilities around Factory 2050 continue to attract an ever-growing cluster of world leading manufacturers to the Innovation District. Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is home to the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), with research partners including Sheffield Hallam University, Canon and Westfield Health.  The AWRC is poised to become the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world; presenting exciting opportunities for local businesses to further develop their specialisms through the creation of commercial solutions for global healthcare markets.

The Innovation District is a physically and technically connected hub of innovation where research institutions and companies co-locate and collaborate with entrepreneurs, business start-ups and incubators. Development is ongoing to offer a range of housing, workspaces and amenities in an environment that encourages open-innovation.