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Concrete plant built to support Barrow shipyard expansion

7 Feb 17 Aggregate Industries has won contracts to supply concrete to two projects in BAE Systems’ expansion of its Barrow-in-Furness shipyard.

Aggregate Industries’ concrete plant at the Port of Barrow
Aggregate Industries’ concrete plant at the Port of Barrow

BAE Systems is upgrading its shipyard to build the Royal Navy’s next generation of submarines, investing £300m over the next seven years on 32 different construction-related projects.

One of the largest projects on site is the extension of Devonshire Dock Hall (DDH), which at 269 metres long, 58 metres wide and 51 metres high, is the second-largest indoor shipbuilding facility in Europe. Another is the construction of the Central Yard Complex which will be two-thirds the size of the DDH and built on land opposite the main shipyard gate. Aggregate Industries has secured an order with Morgan Sindall for the Central Yard Complex, which will require about 20,000m³ of ready-mixed concrete.

To complete the order, Aggregate Industries has built a dedicated semi-mobile concrete plant, which can produce 80m³ of concrete per hour, at the Port of Barrow on the dock owned by Associated British Ports (ABP). Aggregate Industries had already been supplying concrete to the site, from its existing concrete plant in Barrow, which will continue to supply the local market and will provide backup support to the new concrete plant based at the port.

The existing plant will also supply more than 16,000m³ of concrete for the Strategic Bulk Store that Wates Construction is building, just outside the main shipyard.

Aggregates for the concrete are being shipped directly from the Glensanda quarry in Scotland to the dock in Barrow.

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