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Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Peel L&P and the University of Sheffield announce new partnership

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Peel L&P and the University of Sheffield announce new partnership

A new partnership that aims to help unlock the economic potential of the area surrounding Doncaster Sheffield Airport has been launched this week, 27 April.

The collaboration, between Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Peel L&P and the University of Sheffield, is set to explore how the parties can work together to catalyse the development of an innovation cluster at GatewayEast.

Peel L&P’s GatewayEast development has been highlighted as an emerging innovation district by the Sheffield City Region Strategic Economic Plan.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed which enables the partners to consider projects that could accelerate development of the area to benefit the region.

Professor Dave Petley, vice-president for innovation at the University of Sheffield, said: “We’re delighted to be forming a partnership with Peel L&P and Doncaster Sheffield Airport. The partnership gives us the opportunity to see how we can work together on projects that will help unlock the economic potential of GatewayEast whilst also driving skills, education and innovation for the benefit of the region.”

Stephen Wild, Peel L&P’s executive director for strategic investment and growth, added: “We’re seeing an unprecedented change towards living more sustainably and this collaboration will help to drive forward innovation, sustainability and technology focused on mobility and transportation.

“This together with the opportunities for advanced manufacturing and logistics at GatewayEast make this Sheffield City Region’s largest opportunity for sustainable economic growth and we’re proud to be working with the University of Sheffield and DSA to explore opportunities that will strengthen the region and help level up the country.

“The collaboration also builds on Peel L&P’s wider sustainability commitments as a regeneration business to bring benefits to communities and the environment for generations to come.”

The partnership also aims to maximise further opportunities already provided through the Catapult status of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC).

The Catapult Network supports universities, businesses and UK technologies that can bring substantial economic benefits, and assist the ‘Levelling Up’ agenda. The partnership proposes to foster continued collaboration between the University, including its Catapult centres, Peel L&P and Doncaster Sheffield Airport, to create opportunities for economic growth.

Robert Hough CBE, chair of Peel Airports, said: “The partnership highlights the intention of positive collaboration, bringing together the proven development skills of Peel L&P, with the space, ambition and aspirations of Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the academic and practical expertise of the University, to create a development plan for a high-value and excellence-led innovation cluster.”

Chris Harcombe, managing director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, added: “We know that airports act as important catalysts to regional economic growth.  The partnership between DSA, Peel L&P and the University of Sheffield to create an innovation cluster, will be a powerful tool for high-value inward investment for the Sheffield City Region.”