A Balfour Beatty-led joint venture has secured the £160M main construction contract for a decommissioning facility at Sellafield nuclear plant.
The contractor, in partnership with specialist Cavendish Nuclear, will deliver a mechanical handling plant at the Cumbrian site.
The 0.5ha, 25m-high silo maintenance facility will support two existing waste silos in retrieving historic waste and reducing hazard.
It will contain robotic installations to allow the Sellafield team to operate in a safe and controlled environment.
A team of more than 100 engineers, including nuclear specialists, civil and structural engineers and architectural technicians, is currently using building information modelling to create a 4D design specification. Construction work is scheduled for completion in autumn 2017.
Balfour Beatty executive chairman Steve Marshall said: “The UK infrastructure market includes significant opportunities for nuclear decommissioning and clean-up activities.”