Rolls-Royce SMR announces new headquarters in the centre of Manchester
21st June 2022
Rolls-Royce SMR’s new head office will be located in central Manchester, as part of its continued expansion.
Tom Samson, Rolls-Royce SMR’s Chief Executive, made the announcement during a stakeholder event, where the company’s senior leadership team gave an update on the project to deploy a fleet of Small Modular Reactors (SMR) power stations.
Tom Samson said: “Rolls-Royce SMR is coming back to Manchester, where Charles Rolls and Henry Royce first met in 1904. We’re growing as a company and, as we move at pace to build our SMR power stations in the UK, the time is right to set up our head office in this fantastic city.
“We’re on target to recruit 850 people to work on this incredibly exciting project by the end of this year. As the UK’s domestic nuclear energy champion, we will play a vital role in providing clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity for generations to come.”
The new head office, at 11 York Street, will operate alongside Rolls-Royce SMR’s existing locations in Warrington and Derby.
Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “I am excited to see Rolls Royce returning to its spiritual home of Manchester to expand on its vital and innovative work developing small modular reactors, designed and manufactured in Britain.
“Backed by £210million Government funding last year, Rolls Royce’s small modular reactors have the potential to be a key part of boosting the UK’s nuclear power capacity up to 24GW by 2050, as we turbocharge plans to generate more clean, affordable, home-grown power in the UK, for the UK.”
During the stakeholder event, Tom also took the opportunity to promote the invaluable work of the Teenage Cancer Trust. As a member of the charity’s North West Corporate Advisory Board, Tom thanked them for their incredible commitment in providing care and support for every young person facing cancer.
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Pic: Manchester 15.622.jpg caption: “Tom Samson, Rolls-Royce SMR’s Chief Executive”
Notes to Editors:
Rolls-Royce has been a nuclear reactor plant designer since the start of the UK nuclear submarine programme in the 1950s. Rolls-Royce SMR will draw upon standard nuclear energy technology that has been used in 400 reactors around the world.
The Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470MW of low carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines and enough to power a million homes. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping to support the roll out of renewable generation and overcome intermittency issues.