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Jacobs supports nuclear business growth initiative in West Cumbria

19 July 2021

Jacobs has seconded John Maddison as Programme Director for the Industrial Solutions Hub (ISH), a new initiative which aims to tap the economic potential of companies supplying the Sellafield nuclear site. ISH, led by Copeland Borough Council and backed by Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, will help businesses based in West Cumbria to grow and develop new markets in the UK and overseas.

“Bringing together world-leading decommissioning skills and capabilities from Sellafield Ltd and its supply chain, our aim is to create a geographical cluster of businesses that will transform the economic prospects of West Cumbria and become a significant export earner for the UK,” said Maddison. “This will build more resilience into the local economy and make it less reliant on the Sellafield site.”

Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, added:

“As part of our post-pandemic recovery, this is a tremendous opportunity to attract new companies, new jobs and much needed regeneration to this area and provide a payback on the public investment which has gone into Sellafield over the years.”

Copeland Council and the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership have acquired the Leconfield Industrial Estate in Cleator Moor, sited nine miles from Sellafield in one of England’s most deprived wards. ISH will create a new campus at Leconfield as a hub for the new initiative and will support companies throughout West Cumbria. Regeneration of the area is being supported by a £22.5 million grant from the UK government’s Towns Fund.

ISH is supporting several pathfinder projects involving the use of robotics, automation, artificial intelligence and digitization to create safer and lower cost systems for dismantling nuclear facilities, waste handling and asset management. Many of these systems have broader applications in other industrial sectors, thus increasing their export potential.

As Director of Engineering Development, Maddison headed Jacobs’ growing business providing solutions to complex engineering challenges across the nuclear industry. To build on this success, last year Jacobs opened a new Engineering and Technology Centre on the Beckermet Industrial Estate, which now serves the nearby Sellafield nuclear site and companies in its supply chain.

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