Morgan Sindall has built and handed over a £100m nuclear submarine building complex, used to outfit and test advanced submarines in the Royal Navy’s fleet, to defence giant BAE Systems.
The 175,000ft² Central Yard Facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, has been officially opened by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.
The Central Yard Facility comprises production, workshop and office facilities, and also features two cranes, each with a 150-tonne capacity and a 60m span.
Morgan Sindall director of defence Andrew Parker said: “The complexity and scale of the site, coupled with the building’s design requirements, meant that the project required a team with particular expertise, and experience of working in partnership with defence contractors.
“We’re incredibly proud to have successfully delivered this project in collaboration with our sister company, BakerHicks. It is not only of vital importance to both BAE Systems, and the MOD, but also to the people of Barrow.”
BAE Systems submarines facilities programme director Allan Day said: “The Central Yard Facility is a key component for the delivery of the Dreadnought programme, so it was a real privilege to witness it being formally opened by the Defence Secretary.”
During the visit, the Defence Secretary announced a further £2.5bn investment into the country’s nuclear submarine programme.
The Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a £1.5bn contract for the seventh Astute class submarine, alongside a further £900m for the next phase of the Dreadnought submarine programme.
The Defence Secretary named the seventh and final submarine in the Astute class as Agincourt.
The investment is expected to secure more than 8,000 jobs across BAE Systems and the wider supply chain.
Williamson said: “Not only is this a massive boost for our armed forces, but it’s huge for Barrow, the heart of sub-building in this country.
“Today’s news supports around 8,000 BAE Systems submarine jobs, as well as thousands more in the supply chain, protecting prosperity and providing opportunity right across the country.”