Shepherd Construction has won a £20m contract to modernise a 5.7ha munitions factory at Radway Green in Crewe, on behalf of defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems.
Work has just started and will involve demolishing the existing building and replacing it with a new factory complete with indoor firing range; welfare and administration facilities such as staff restaurant and car park; together with the creation of space for future developments.
The new factory, which will manufacture small arms ammunition for the British troops, is one of three manufacturing sites that BAE Systems is committed to modernising to make them more highly automated and energy efficient.
The new build is scheduled to complete in May 2011.
Peter Millett, managing director west for Shepherd Construction said: “During the build, the project will require specialist construction of the ammunition propellant storage facilities and production areas to incorporate explosive and bullet-proof design elements.”