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Morgan Sindall wins £18m office scheme in Whitehaven

19 Dec 12 The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has appointed Morgan Sindall to build a new £18m office scheme.

The Albion Square development in the Cumbrian town of Whitehaven is a key project in the Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) programme.  

The development will comprise two four-storey office buildings, totalling 100,000 sq ft, on two adjacent sites on Swingpump Lane in the centre of the town. Once complete, the offices will house approximately 1,000 Sellafield Ltd office workers who will move from the Sellafield site.

RMJM acted as concept and design architects and Hurd Rolland Partnership as project architects, with project management by Drivers Jonas Deloitte.

Albion Square forms part of the wider West Cumbria Economic Blueprint, published by BEC earlier this year. The Blueprint outlines how BEC will help West Cumbria capitalise on a potential £90bn worth of investment in the nuclear industry and exploit opportunities in renewable technologies.

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NDA chief executive John Clarke, who is also on the board of BEC, said: “Albion Square is an excellent example of how we can work with colleagues at BEC, Copeland Borough Council and the supply chain to deliver a project that not only enables Sellafield Ltd to relocate staff giving us greater flexibility to deliver decommissioning on site, but also will bring real economic benefits to Whitehaven itself.”

Morgan Sindall area director Chris Brown said: “Whitehaven is a town which harbours so much potential.  The centralisation of approximately 1,000 people working in the town will give the local economy a significant boost whilst the wider regeneration scheme shall no doubt breathe new life into Whitehaven.”

Morgan Sindall’s appointment follows its selection, in joint venture with Arup, to deliver a range of infrastructure asset services to the Sellafield site in Cumbria. The contract, worth a potential £1.1 billion, is expected to be signed soon, running for an initial five years with a possible 10-year extension.

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