BAE awards £90m contract for submarine complex

BAE Systems has awarded a £90m contract to Morgan Sindall plc for the development of one of the UK’s largest industrial facilities at the Company’s submarine building site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The new building will sit at the heart of a £300m transformation project underway to prepare for the construction of a successor to the Vanguard class submarine.

Rear View CGI image of Barrow Central Yard Complex.
Rear View CGI image of Barrow Central Yard Complex.

The new Central Yard Complex will reportedly offer an advanced facility to fit out each section of the new submarines before they are transported to the company’s Devonshire Dock Hall where the build process will be completed.

BAE Systems Submarines’ facilities programme director, Allan Day commented: “The Central Yard Complex is the largest single building in our site redevelopment programme.

“When complete, it will be one of the most advanced submarine manufacturing facilities in the world. This uniquely designed site will enable us to support the Government’s needs for the Vanguard replacement programme which was recently reaffirmed in the Strategic Defence and Security Review.”

Groundwork started on the Central Yard Complex project this September and the building work is scheduled to be completed sometime in mid-2017.

In total, the project will employ 850 people throughout the course of the development and at its peak there will be 300 people working on the site.

When complete, the Central Yard Complex will offer office space, an employee canteen and fabrication and workshop facilities, with approximately 600 employees due to be based in the building.