A pioneering new way of awarding long-term work packages at the Sellafield site has reached a major milestone, with Programme and Project Partners (PPP) appointing its first Key Delivery Partners.

PPP has appointed Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and EJ Parker Technical Services to deliver the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), a framework agreement worth £150-£250m over the life of the programme.

The HVAC package is the first of several to be awarded by PPP over the coming months as part of a major framework spanning the next 18 years.

It has been procured under a new Multi Project Procurement (MPP) model which encourages long-term collaboration throughout the supply chain, enhanced project delivery, and paves the way for greater economic and social impact in the West Cumbria region.

The MPP model will see the appointment of Key Delivery Partners to deliver work packages covering everything from electrical and instrumentation and fabrication and manufacturing to groundworks and general civils.

Eldon Garnett, on behalf of PPP management board, said:

“It’s really pleasing to award our first contract as part of the MPP process, enabling us to start to realise the benefits that we know this programme will deliver.

“Looking at the responses during the HVAC tender process, there is clearly huge enthusiasm right across the supply chain to be part of the PPP team, addressing the wider Sellafield Ltd mission and we look forward to welcoming more Key delivery partners in the months ahead.”

Stuart Driscoll, Managing Director, at EJ Parker Technical Services, said:

“We are delighted to be appointed as one of the first Key Delivery Partners by PPP. Our team has large, complex HVAC experience and our values of people, safety and service are a good alignment for this opportunity. We are looking forward to working closely with the PPP Lot partners, KDP’s and supply chain members to successfully deliver this framework.”

Mark Bullock, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Officer, UK Construction Services said:

“Our deep knowledge and expertise, combined with our sustainable, innovative delivery approach will enable us to safely and successfully deliver the HVAC works required at Sellafield. We look forward to supporting as a Key Delivery Partner; helping to provide greater economic and social impact across the region for many years to come.”

PPP will work closely with all Key Delivery Partners to deliver its ambition to create a clean and safe environment at the Sellafield site for future generations, improve sustainability and better outcomes for the local economy and communities.

As part of its pioneering approach to project delivery and local impact, PPP

has engaged with the Swimming with the Big Fish SME Matchmaker Service, which brokers introductions and develops relationships between those bidding to become Key Delivery Partners and high performing SMEs willing to invest in West Cumbria. These SMEs plan to create additional jobs, recruit apprentices and invest to expand/ create new facilities in the West Cumbria as a result of the work they do with their respective Key Delivery Partners.

The PPP partnership is made up of lot partners KBR (integration partner); Jacobs (design and engineering partner); Morgan Sindall Infrastructure (civils construction management partner) and Doosan Babcock Ltd (process construction management partner) and Sellafield Ltd as the fifth partner, to support the site’s 100-year decommissioning programme.


  • Sellafield Ltd is the organisation responsible for the safe operation and clean-up of the Sellafield site in Cumbria, as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
  • Sellafield is the largest nuclear complex in Western Europe. We deliver a nationally-important mission, ensuring the safety and security of the UK’s nuclear legacy and progressively decommissioning some of the world’s oldest atomic facilities.
  • The site is two square miles with over 1,000 buildings. Although the site is effectively being dismantled, it is a hive of construction activity and as old facilities are decommissioned, new ones need to be built to store nuclear waste.
  • The decommissioning programme will run for over 100 years, so access to all skills, innovation and supply chain is crucial to ensure this is done safely and securely.
  • Multi Project Procurement is the collective name for a number of competitions that PPP will be running to secure supply chain partners to support the forward plan of work for PPP. MPP’s are considered to be a pioneering new way working by awarding long term work packages building upon the SL-PPP model and learning from across the industry. The MPP model will support PPP in achieving its Critical Success Factors by encouraging long term collaboration throughout the supply chain and bringing enhanced project delivery and paves the way for greater economic and social impact in the West Cumbria Region.
  • The HVAC scope is for the design (where appropriate), supply, install, test and commission of the HVAC system. The Framework agreement is 18 years in duration and will see two partners support PPP over its life, with an estimated value of between £150m to £250m.  There are 5 yearly review points to ensure continued alignment between PPP and the selected supply chain partners.