Mace appointed to design atomic weapon manufacturing facilities in UK

WCN Editorial Team 30 Apr 2021 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Construction company Mace has been selected as a manufacturing programme partner to deliver new manufacturing facilities in the UK.

The British company was appointed by the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) together with BakerHicks and DBD International.

The aim is to develop a new component manufacturing capability to support the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

Mace will work alongside AWE and include modern methods of construction and Design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) approaches into the programme.

The programme’s initial phase will focus on concept designs (Royal Institute of British Architects - RIBA2) as well as the supporting evidence that will be supported with wider specialist programme partners.

The construction company will support the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to make necessary case to the Investment Approval Committee. Engagement is scheduled to commence formally in October this year.

Upon receipt of approval, the spatial, technical design and construction phases of the programme will be subject to the MOD’s nod.

Mace Consultancy CEO Jason Millett said: “This programme is one of the most ambitious and challenging defence infrastructure programmes being delivered in Europe.

“It will require the delivery of cutting-edge manufacturing facilities, working in one of the most complex live environments anywhere in our industry.

“We are very proud that AWE has placed its trust in Mace to play such a key role in the development and delivery of the programme over the next ten years.

“Over the last five years, our defence business has grown from strength to strength – and that’s down to our fantastic teams and the remarkable work they deliver on behalf of our partners and clients.”

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Mace to design atomic weapon manufacturing facilities in UK. Credit: Markus Distelrath from Pixabay.

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