Two north west companies have won a share of a £249m contract to supply steelwork to Sellafield.

Severfield Nuclear and Infrastructure and William Hare have been appointed key delivery partners with the Sellafield Programme and Project Partners (PPP.) The 17-year framework will see the Bolton and Bury based firms provide steelwork to major projects on the Cumbrian nuclear site. Sellafield is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the north, supporting 60,000 jobs.

The birthplace of the UK nuclear industry, the site is now focused on nuclear decommissioning and waste management. PPP was mobilised in 2019 to transform Sellafield Ltd’s major project delivery. The latest contracts are part of its Multi Project Procurement model. This encourages long-term collaboration throughout the supply chain, enhancing project delivery and maximising economic and social impact.

Martin Chown, Sellafield Ltd Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Our purpose is to create a clean and safe environment for future generations. Excellence in major project delivery is a key enabler. Through PPP we’re creating a strategic and sustainable approach to project delivery. This provides stability for our supply chain, unlocks investment in our communities, and delivers value for UK plc.

“It’s great to see two more north west companies joining us as key delivery partners. I look forward to seeing how their expertise and innovation can help drive forward our major project delivery.”

Peter Hogg, head of supply chain for PPP, said:

“We’re delighted to be growing our PPP team with the arrival of yet more long-term partners. They will work together with our delivery teams to design and implement best-in-class solutions.”

The steelwork package is the fifth key delivery partner supplier framework to be awarded by PPP. This framework includes structural steelwork, steel frames, general steelwork, secondary steelwork, structural metalwork, general metalwork, metal decking, metal walkways, and edge protection. Severfield Nuclear and Infrastructure is part of Severfield PLC. The company has multiple sites in the UK and an annual capacity to produce around 300,000 tonnes of fabricated steelwork.

Stuart Mitchell, director of Severfield said:

“We’re delighted to have been awarded a place on the PPP framework to deliver structural steelwork major projects over the next 17 years. Severfield has been present on the site for over 13 years having worked on multiple major projects. This secures Severfield’s future on the site and gives us the opportunity to bring the people, governance and innovation that has made us the largest structural steel contractor in the UK to the PPP. We also look forward to working closely with the PPP teams and other partners to make sure the PPP is a success for the site, the contractors and the local community.”

William Hare, part of the William Hare Group, is a world-leading steel business providing value engineered steel solutions to some of the world’s most innovative and sustainable construction projects.

Craig Arnold, director at William Hare, added:

“We welcome this opportunity to consolidate 40 years’ experience at the Sellafield site with the integration of our bespoke, optimised structural delivery process into the PPP strategy. This will bring both value and certainty of outcome into Sellafield projects as well as opportunity and support for the local community.”