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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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BAE Systems development will change Barrow skyline

THE investment announced today will pay for work that will change the Barrow shipyard skyline.

Devonshire Dock Hall, where submarines are constructed, will be extended to include a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and installation facility.

But the most noticeable changes will come in the central yard, where two major buildings will be built.

They will house pressure hull units ready for shot blasting and painting, and be a place for joining submarine equipment modules.

Tony Johns, BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines managing director, said: “We are making a modification to allow us to do some additional manufacturing of some particular components in the DDH.

“But the main noticeable difference will be the complete redevelopment of the central yard which is really, at the moment, a fairly large car park.

“For those who know the shipyard, we will be demolishing most of what was the boiler shop and redeveloping that entire central yard.

“It will enable us to do some construction away from the Devonshire Dock Hall and some construction after the product leaves the new assembly shop, but before it reaches the DDH.

“It gives us another opportunity to improve our manufacturing capability. Also, we’ve got a new paint facility which allows us to paint large units of submarine away from DDH.

“They will be big facilities because they’ve got to house very large submarine units.”

It won’t be long before people start to notice a change.

Mr Johns said: “Work to demolish the boiler shop starts in April and from then on we are already re-routing some of the services from the central yard in preparation for construction.

“You will start to see the construction work in earnest at the back end of this year and the early part of 2015.”

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