Supply to Bae Systems Site Infrastructure

The scope : at a glance
32 seperate projects
Logistics hub 28,000m2
Central yard (cyc) 6,000m2
DDH extension 7,045m2

A £300m spend
8 years of build : 2015-22
BAE Systems has appointed Costain, Shepherd Construction, now Wates, and Morgan Sindall as its framework contractors to work alongside it and CH2MHill to deliver the £525m redevelopment and modernisation of its submarine build site in Barrow-in-Furness. The programme will completely transform BAE Systems’ submarine building capabilities – readying it to deliver a Successor Submarine replacement for the UK Royal Navy’s Vanguard class submarines from into the 2030s’.

Through our 1-to-1 advisory and business support undertaken alongside Cumbria Growth Hub and using FEDF’s bespoke “opening doors guide” we can brief you about each of these projects, their scale and scope, which subcontractors are likely to be involved and what the supplier opportunities may be.

The development at Barrow shipyard is part of a wider modernisation of UK submarine enterprise infrastructure taking place at Barrow, Devonport(Plymouth), Derby and Faslane, north of Glasgow. Around £1bn is being invested at Faslane which may offer additional supplier potential for some local firms.

Work at Barrow extends over 30 projects, to be delivered over 8 years. Several are already underway includin
– the new “Resolution” building at Waterfront Barrow Business Park, which is approaching completion
– the Central Yard Complex,
– NAS improvements,
– ancilliary car parks and off-site road improvements.
Utilities and infrastructure are also to be or are being improved.

Future work may include primary build facilities, a paint facility, support facilities.
It will include a mix of new build projects and the refurbishment of existing facilities in what is the most significant redevelopment of the shipyard site since the 1980s’.

Companies wishing to act as suppliers should note that Costain, Wates and Morgan-Sindall each compete with each other on a “mini-tender” basis to complete the design and build of the 30 or so individual projects that make up the overall programme.Constructionline registration can be an important first step for smes’ wanting to position for this work.


Contracts so far awarded to Morgan-Sindall include:

– Central Yard Complex
– CIF Project
– Sub Station Project
– Primary Build Capability Project

The most advanced is the Central Yard Complex, see below.

The largest major project, now appearing on Barrow’s skyline, under the framework arrangements is the design and construction of the Central Yard Complex – one of the two new facilities to be built on land within the shipyard that has been cleared following extensive demolition activity. It is here that major submarine equipment modules will be integrated into sections of pressure hull. – See more at:

Piles for foundations of the Central Yard Complex have been installed.
Severfields of Thirsk, Yorkshire are erecting steelwork;
W.T. Parker of Derby are to undertake mechanical and electrical installations;
Northern Cladding are installing cladding

Morgan Sindall are seeking local suppliers of the following:
• Joinery
• Painting and decorating
• Floor finishes
• Mastic
• Cubicles and IPS
• Blinds
• Balustrading
• Fire stopping
• Raised Access flooring
• Screeding
• Tiling
• Glazed screens
• Brickwork

Morgan Sindall commercial requirements include
• Good credit ratings
• UK national employees
• Category A insurances

As main subcontracts become clearer on additional projects information about supplier opportunities will be added here and on Cumbria Growth Hub website.

The company invites companies keen to supply it with goods and services to observe the under-mentioned pre-qualification guidance.

Construction line
To apply to join its supply chain see and

Moragn Sindal’s address is:
Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd
Nelson House, 2 George Mann Way
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1DR
T 01132 205 5430 F 01132 055 5499


Wates are approaching completion of the “Resolution” Building, a warehouse at Waterfront Business Park Barrow.

Wates pre-qualification information can be found at:
The company operate a supply chain sustainability school
Construction line

Wates are also looking to undertake a wider range of work in Cumbria via its Cumbria office and
Stefan Hargreaves, Regional Commercial Manager;
Craig Abson, Construction Director.
Wates Construction
Energus Academy
Blackwood Road

The company look to maintain the right calibre of suppliers within its supply chain and strategic relationships, by inviting potential suppliers for Costain to take one of two assessment routes:
Externally, via Achilles accreditation scheme (Building Confidence is our preferred option, alternatively UVDB, FPAL or RISQS).
Internally, via the Costain materials, plant or subcontract questionnaire.
It categorises suppliers as
Preferred or
Strategic Partners
within its procurement database.

All Preferred and Strategic Partners must be Achilles accredited in one of the later Achilles schemes.

If your company would like to be considered for inclusion on our supply chain, the first step is to register using our Supplier Self Registration form.

The company’s operations are located at:
Costain House,
Manchester Business Park,
1500 Aviator Way,
Manchester M22 5TG
Phone:0161 910 3444

Aggregates Industries has opened a 0.6 HA facility at Anchor Basin, Port of Barrow to deliver batched materials to major contracts. It has an annual output of between 40,000- 50,000m3, approximately 110,000 tonnes per annum and it is estimated that peak production could reach between 6-700m3 of concrete, although more typically daily production would be around180m3. The RMC plant could remain operational for 24 hours per day

Companies can visit FEDF Supply Chain Growth CentereTM in Abbey Road Barrow monday to friday 09.00 to 17.00 to see a exhibition of the range and scale of the planned investments. The Supply chain team will also illustrate the latest available contract information and provide access to detailed plans of the developments from available planning documentation – which can assist with identifying contract potential.


At peak of activity construction work could employ approximately 850 contractors.As of June 2016 we estimate early needs will generate demand for 380 or so people with a significant percentage needing accommodation for the duration of their contracts.

To help meet the needs for this accommodation FEDF in partnership with Bae Systems and with other companies are developing an Accommodation Hub information service. The Hub to be accessed via with a link to an updated purposes are
– to inform people about accommodation demand from this and other main projects planned/taking place in SW Cumbria,
– list the solutions that are being, or could be, offered to encourage new investment in timely solutions.
– to identify how incoming killed people can source accommodation

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