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Three share £300m BAE submarine base programme

5 Nov 14 Three contractors have secured places on a £300m framework to redevelop BAE Systems’ Barrow-in-Furness base, where submarines are built.

BAE's Barrow base
BAE's Barrow base

BAE Systems is planning an eight-year, £300m redevelopment of the Barrow site in preparation for the building of a replacement for the Vanguard class submarines, as part of the renewal of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

The redevelopment programme includes:

  • an extension to the Devonshire Dock Hall construction facility to include a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and installation facility
  • the refurbishment of the site’s main fabrication facility, together with its existing plant and machinery
  • an intention to build a 28,000m2 off-site logistics facility to store submarine parts and materials within the local area.

Costain, Morgan Sindall and Shepherd will tender to deliver parts of the redevelopment programme.

Work is expected to start in early 2015.

Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie said: “We have been selected for our expertise in the process, mechanical and electrical delivery of nuclear projects, as well as our reputation for working collaboratively with our customers, other delivery partners and the local community.  We are looking forward to a long term and successful relationship with BAE Systems, a major new customer for us.”

Morgan Sindall chief executive John Sindall said: "The redevelopment of BAE Systems’ submarine building capabilities at Barrow-in-Furness is a highly complex project which will draw on Morgan Sindall’s expertise and innovative approach to construction design and build."

Demolition of the old submarine building began in August. See video below.

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