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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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BAE reveals waterfront logistics centre plans

THE process to build a new waterfront logistics hub to support the construction of the next generation of submarines in Barrow is under way.

BAE Systems has submitted plans outlining more details of the “strategic bulk store” and it is hoped it can become a trigger for more marina development.

The planned location for the new hub is the Ramsden Business Park at Barrow Waterfront.

Proposals for the logistics headquarters were revealed this month when the MoD announced it was investing more than £300m in BAE to support the Successor programme.

But more details have now been revealed in documents submitted to Barrow Borough Council.

Subject to planning permission, the building will be the logistics base for storing parts for the replacement Vanguard class submarines.

The 28,000 sq m, 50ft-tall building is needed by the end of 2015 and will employ around 50 people, opening 24/7.

The Cumbria County Council-owned site was developed as part of the ambitious marina project, before public development agencies were disbanded and the plan was put on hold indefinitely.

However, the county council and BAE have agreed in principle the sale of the land for the logistics hub and are finalising the legal details.

It is hoped BAE’s presence on the Waterfront will trigger a boost in supply chain companies locating nearby.

Neighbouring land to the Ramsden Business Park is also ripe for development thanks to the access road that has already been built.

Councillor Stewart Young, county council leader, said: “Even though the Successor programme still needs its final approval in 2016, this sends a clear message that Barrow is laying the ground to be the UK’s main hub for the new generation of nuclear submarines for decades to come.

“It allows the company to firm up its exciting expansion plans, which we hope will act as a catalyst for a new wave of economic growth through supply chain businesses.

“The Waterfront is the ideal place to centre this new hub of activity; the infrastructure is there and ready to be used.”

The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has identified the marina development as one of Cumbria’s flagship programmes and £1m has already been earmarked for it through the Cumbria Infrastructure Fund.

The county council said a bid for up to £4m of Local Growth Fund investment will help the “snowball effect” of attracting supply chain companies to cluster around BAE.

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The use of local firms in the build of all proposed major facilities has been a major part of the supplier evaluation as has the use of the skills of the students at the college. These are key criteria to the award of the contracts. Subcontract work will be awarded to local firms.

Posted by Jen on 28 March 2014 at 18:18

Lets hope local companies get the work from it, and not out of town firms.!

Posted by flem on 28 March 2014 at 09:19

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