Research & Development

Infinity Park Derby

Infinity Park is a 100-acre commercial and technology park located to the south of Derby, next to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and within close proximity of global names in advanced manufacturing, including Toyota Manufacturing (UK), Alstom and JCB.

It is located near J3 of the A50, giving easy access to the area’s major arterial routes (M1,M6) and to East Midlands Airport – the UK’s largest pure freight hub.

At the park’s heart is the iHub, which is home to Rolls-Royce’s state of the art Nuclear Skills Academy. Opened in 2022, the academy will train 200 apprentices each year with nuclear education across four different courses. The academy has secured funding for the next 10 years, meaning 2,000 qualified apprentices will be added to the workforce by 2032/33.

The Academy is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to deliver the skilled workforce that Rolls-Royce requires for its Nuclear Submarine programme. The Academy is supported by industry and education experts such as the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), the National College for Nuclear, the University of Derby and Derby City Council.

The Nuclear AMRC is creating a new £20m facility on the park as the first High Value Manufacturing Catapult facility in the East Midlands region. As Nuclear AMRC Midlands, the 4,300 sq.m facility will be a full-scale manufacturing research centre that will focus on later-stage development in technology areas which will deliver the maximum impact for the UK’s nuclear supply chain. The building will also host the University of Derby’s Institute of Innovation in Sustainable Engineering and is expected to open in Spring 2023.

In 2023, Oregon Timber Frame, one of the largest timber frame manufacturers in the UK and part of Barratt Developments plc, announced that it will move into a 186,000 sq ft facility on Infinity Park. The £45m facility is expected to create around 200 local jobs.

Plots are available on a design-and-build basis and can be purposed for a range of uses including office, manufacturing, R&D and distribution.

Key facts

  • Adjacent to Rolls-Royce 120-hectare global civil aerospace campus
  • Home to new Rolls-Royce Nuclear Skills Academy
  • New industrial R&D centre, Nuclear AMRC Midlands, opens 2023; part of High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • 45,000 employed in engineering locally
  • Easy access to arterial road (A50/M1/M6) and East Midlands Airport/Freeport

Opportunity location

Why invest in Derby & Derbyshire?

Located at the very heart of the UK and as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Derbyshire has a strong and diverse economy with global names including Toyota Manufacturing UK, Rolls-Royce, Nestlé, Tarmac, Amazon and Denby Pottery all based here and continuing to invest in their operations and SME supply chains.

Derbyshire’s central location ensures excellent connectivity across the UK’s motorway and rail network, with five international and cargo airports all within easy reach. The East Midlands Freeport will further add to the county’s reputation as a key manufacturing, logistics and distribution hub.

Businesses in Derbyshire have unrivalled access to a pool of high-quality workers, with over 9 million people living within 20 minutes of the county, drawing on the major cities of Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.

Additionally, Derbyshire businesses can offer their workforce an outstanding quality of life. Home to the Peak District (the UK’s first National Park), bustling market towns, world-famous stately homes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Derbyshire is an attractive place in which to live, work and play. Derbyshire offers a range of investment opportunities from major industrial sites to urban regeneration schemes which will help drive its future economic growth.

Insight for investors

  • Type of investment sought: End User Occupiers
  • Target investor(s): End users in range of sectors in commercial and distribution sectors.
  • Value and cost info: £200m
  • Site size: 100 acres
  • Jobs: Up to 8,000
  • Timescale: Phase 1: 2015-2030
  • Delivery timescale: Immediate
  • Planning status: Site infrastructure in place and plots available
Primary promoter

Infinity Park Steering Group/ Derby City Council