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Development in Furness

Furness and West Cumbria are experiencing growth that is unprecedented in a generation with emerging projects resulting in an estimated £20-40bn of new investment which started around the end of 2014 has continued for 5 years to now in 2019 and will extend well into the 2030s’.

The Dreadnought submarine programme alone is delivering £4.2bn GVA growth for Barrow and Furness by 2037.The whole of the UK benefits from this “National Endeavour” to the tune of £12bn by the 2050s’.

Since 2015 the area has seen may Major Projects comprise manufacturing programmes and construction projects occur, including the following:

  • Walney Extension,the world’s largest wind-farm openedin September 2018;
  • Crown Estate Round 4 licencing of new seabed acreage for windfarm projects;
  • the £31bn Dreadnought submarine construction and integration programme, “a national endeavour” that is part of a larger £44bn submarine programme for MoD;
  • Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) open a large office in Barrow alongside one for Dreadnought Alliance;
  • BAE SYSTEMS Global  Weapons UK investment in M77 for India;
  • modernization of  the Barrow shipyard by BAE SYSTEMS;
  • Orsted‘s 5th operations and maintenance base at the port of Barrow along with a new heliport at Sandscale Park;
  • Walney Airport modernization, a multi-million pound BAE SYSTEMS scheme to enhance connectivity in support of submarine supply chain activity;
  • Centrica Distributed Energy’S 49MW battery storage facility at Roosecote;
  • Kimberly-Clark paper mill investment announced in spring 2019;
  • GSK Ulverston new life sciences investment, and part site re-purposing;
  • Spirit Energy decommissioning of DP4, DP6,BaInes Gasfield,south Morecambe terminal;
  • 49MW battery storage for Centrica Distributed Energy
  • £11m NHS Health Centre approaching completion in Duke Street,close to the town centre;
  • a new £11m maternity suite and enhanced A ad E facilities at UHMBT’s Furness General Hospital; 
  • 300,000ft2 of development at Waterfront Business Park;
  • 16,084 ft2 managed business centre Harding Rise Barrow Waterfront;
  • Beehive Business Park, Ulverston
  • A590 Trunk Road,North Road and Michaelson Rd highway improvements in Barrow and Ulverston;
  •  the Holiday Inn Express 127 bed hotel due to open December 2019 and several other new hotel / accommodation projects;
  • Northern Rail  New trains and 10 daily services to and from Manchester;
  • planned A595 Grizebeck bypass;
  • new 14,000ft2 Bingo hall, Holker Street,Barrow;
  • New 13,000ft2 HQ for Furness Building Society, Abbey Road, Barrow;
  • United Utilities investment Ulverston.

The construction projects range from  new investment in life sciences at GSK Ulverston to further investment at barrow shipyard.

In west Cumbria Sellafield’s huge £2bn/year progamme is complemented by Drigg LLW Depository development 

A number of manufacturing expansion projects related to growth of multinational and SW Cumbria based firms’ local expansions are also likely to occur.These include

  • new facilities to manufacture food;
  • A £700m modernisation of Barrow shipyard  It involves developments by Morgan Sindall to create a  Primary Build Facility, new car parks and site infrastructure;

A large number of investment projects will be happening in and beyond 2019-20. many of these are listed below.

 
 
A BATTERY POWER ( starts April 2017) Younicos https://www.younicos.com/ Morrisons Utility Services https://www.morrisonus.com/
BAE Weapon Systems (UK) ( starts Q1/2 2017)
GSK BIOPHARM( starts to be confirmed) (50 is assumed power facility)
BAE DDH PRIMARY BUILD FACILITY (starts February 2017) MORGAN SINDALL Q18 duration
BAE PAINT FACILITY( underway) ROBERT MCALPINE) Q6 dur
BAE CENTRAL YARD COMPLEX MORGAN SINDALL Q6 dur
NATIONAL GRID (Starts mid / late 2018 runs to 2024)**
DONG ENERGY WALNEY EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION BASE
VBMS ARRAY CABLE INSTALLATION April to October 2017
SIEMENS TURBINE COMMISSIONING
MHI VESTAS TURBINE COMMISSIONING
DONG ENERGY WALNEY Extension support boats
Turbine installation needs 3 jack ups 24 support vessels 4 barges 8 tugs
Foundations
DONG Energy Heliport construction Walney Airport
BAE SYSTEMS Airport improvement programme
MORGAN SINDALL at Trinity Enterprise Centre
WATES CONSTRUCTION BAE TRAINING CENTRE***
BAE FRAMEWORK CONTRACTS NOT YET LET AS SHOWN LISTED BELOW*
Steam provision Q3 2018 to Q1 2020 = Q 7dur
DDC Services Q4 2017 to Q4 2018 = Q 5dur
Ship lift/transport Q2 2018 to Q1 2021 = Q16dur
Transfer cars Q2 2018 to Q3 2019 = Q 6dur
Nuclear Berthing Q4 2017 to Q2 2021 = Q15dur
Dock Level raising Q3 2019 to Q1 2025 = Q23dur
Crew Facility Q2 2019 to Q3 2020 = Q 6dur
Smite Q1 2017 TO Q1 2019 = Q 9dur
Subtotal to carry forward
Project / timeframe 2017+
CARRIED FORWARD
FURNESS GENERAL HOSPITAL MATERNITY FACILITY
LIGHTBURN ROAD ULVERSTON ACCESS
LIGHTBURN ROAD ULVERSTON BUSINESS PARK
VHE WATERFRONT BARROW
ESH BORDER CONSTRUCTION Health Centre Duke St
ESH BORDER CONSTRUCTION MARINA ACCESS
NHS NURSING AND OTHER SPECIALISTS
NW Total Ltd workshop extension Furness Business Park

To help companies understand more about these projects FEDF has developed a Major Projects Briefing called “A Guide to Opening doors to major projects” which is available on request from stuart@fedf.co.uk.

The Guide outlines what the scope of each project is, who is involved, what their procurement and pre-qualification processes are and how to pre-qualify. The Guide’s information is supplemented by the knowledge of the FEDF team which can brief you on more specific detail about each project and where opportunities may lie to get involved with them.

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