'Son of DDH' ready to be handed over to shipyard bosses
A TOWERING hall which has changed the landscape of Barrow forever is set to be handed over to the shipyard with the major construction work now complete.
Known colloquially as the mini-DDH or son of DDH, the £90m Central Yard Complex at the shipyard is getting its finishing touches before it is officially handed over to BAE Systems.
Construction of the 45-metre high building started in October 2015 and will house 800 people in its manufacturing facility and paint shop.
Around 8,000 tonnes of steel have been used by construction firm Morgan Sindall during the build - that's almost the same weight of an Astute-class submarine.
During the construction programme, Morgan Sindall has provided 500 weeks of apprentice training and work experience, organised charity events which raised a total of £10,000 and 30 per cent of those who have worked on the project have been local employees.
The new Central Yard Complex towers above the rest of the shipyard
The event will take place tomorrow (Saturday) between 12 noon and 3pm and is invite-only.