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SRM wins £1bn Sellafield nuclear clean-up deal

by Sion Geschwindt
Sir Robert McAlpine has won a £1bn contract to undertake groundworks and concrete structures works at the Sellafield nuclear clean-up site.

Sir Robert McAlpine has been awarded a £1bn contract to undertake groundworks and concrete structures works over the next 17 years at the Sellafield nuclear clean-up site in Cumbria.

Sellafield, formerly known as Windscale, was an active nuclear power plant from 1952 to 2022, and at one point was central to the UK’s nuclear weapons programme. Now the site is being decommissioned.

While it took just five years to design and build the facility, it will take around 100 years to decommission it – and more than ten times that for the legacy waste to degrade.

Key to an effective clean up effort is the safe deconstruction of old structures and the construction of storage tanks and silos to store nuclear waste.

As a key delivery partner, Sir Robert McAlpine will be responsible for a significant chunk of these works. The contract is the largest to be signed-off so far by Sellafield’s Programme and Project Partners team.

Tony Gates, managing director for civil engineering at Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “Through this long-term appointment, we intend to make a lasting, positive impact on local communities in West Cumbria by boosting employment, promoting skills and education, working with trusted supply chain partners in the region, and creating a tangible, measurable social impact.”

Luke Richardson, head of social impact for Programme and Project Partners, said: “Sir Robert McAlpine has committed to support local employment, but they’ve gone further in committing to both the Building Future Trades and the Programme and Project Partners Internship Scheme.

“These are targeted employability schemes that will provide life-changing opportunities for people in West Cumbria.

“They have pledged to work with local small and medium enterprises; voluntary, community, and social enterprises, and charities.

“They have also committed to open a regional office, in Copeland, West Cumbria in the next couple of years, further embedding the business in the region.”

Previously McAlpine has had a strong relationship with Sellafield, where it successfully completed projects from the mid-1980s until 2017.


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