Morgan Sindall is bidding for the £1.1bn Sellafield Infrastructure Strategic Alliance after it opened a new office in Cumbria to target nuclear contracts worth £1bn.
Among the plans in the vicinity are a new nuclear plant proposed by the NuGen consortium of GDF Suez and Iberdrola, while GE Hitachi have proposed a multi-billion reactor to recycle waste plutonium from the UK’s nuclear plants, currently stored at Sellafield.
Morgn Sindall has opened a new base in Cumbria after completing the £5.5 million construction of the Dalton Cumbrian Facility nuclear research centre in Whitehave last month.
Morgan Sindall managing director Graham Shennan said: “We already have a robust and trusted business in the North West, with established offices in Manchester and Liverpool. This move demonstrates the significant focus we are placing on Cumbria going forward.
“The nuclear industry and its supply chain are critical to the economic development of West Cumbria. There is the potential for up to £41 billion of projects in the region over the next two decades and we have the expertise and scale to play a key role in that work.
He added: “Our partner company, Morgan Sindall Investments Limited, has the ability to provide funding for regeneration projects and our affordable housing arm, Lovell, already has an established presence in the region.”
The firm has also built two bridge projects for Cumbria County Council following floods in 2009.
The contractor’s Cumbria team will be led by utility services strategic and business development director Andy Crowder.
He said: “We’ve already built up a great track record locally and have enjoyed productive dialogue with Sellafield Ltd since 2009. We’re now looking forward to contributing further to the development of the region and to help create new opportunities for the local supply chain.”
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