The winning contractor for the £1.1bn Sellafield Infrastructure Strategic Alliance will be asked to demonstrate 25 per cent savings on costs.
The client is also looking for a 40 per cent reduction in the time spent on construction, according to one of the contractors bidding for the work.
The contract will be awarded in the first half of this year with a provisional shortlist expected to be drawn up this month.
Morgan Sindall infrastructure and construction managing director Graham Shennan said he is hoping the company can fend off stiff competition to win the deal.
“Time and cost are intrinsically linked and we sense they are looking for a fresh pair of eyes and we have knowledge of nuclear work and can offer a range of services in-house,” he said.
“[Winning the contract] would represent a real step change in our presence in the nuclear market. The business model is predicated on people being based locally and we have already done a lot of regeneration in the area.”
The contractor has already won decommissioning contracts at Sellafield as well as cooling projects at Hinkley Point, Heysham and Hartlepool.