Rolls-Royce has appointed infrastructure group Balfour Beatty as the construction partner for its Raynesway site expansion in the UK. 

The expansion is in response to increased demand from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the AUKUS agreement. 

The augmented demand is expected to generate 1,170 skilled positions at Rolls-Royce. These roles will span various disciplines, including manufacturing and engineering.  

Rolls-Royce announced in June last year that it would double the size of its Submarines site in Derby.  

In March, Australia pledged £2.4bn ($3.06bn) over a decade to the UK’s SSN-AUKUS programme.  

Balfour Beatty’s will undertake the construction of new manufacturing and office spaces, as well as developing the necessary site infrastructure, in response to the increased demand. 

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Balfour Beatty group chief executive Leo Quinn said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step forward in ensuring Rolls-Royce has the infrastructure in place to support the strategic requirements of the MOD and the AUKUS programmes. 

“I’m delighted Balfour Beatty has been chosen to support this critical work for a project that will see us unite our unique multi-disciplinary expertise and experience in delivering large scale complex projects within live, operational nuclear environments.” 

In March this year, professional services consulting company WSP was selected as the partner to design the facilities and the infrastructure that connect to the site. 

Last month, Balfour Beatty secured the construction contract for the £209m HMP Highland prison in Inverness, Scotland.