Pro­pos­als for fu­ture ship build­ing fa­cil­i­ties un­veiled

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BAE Sys­tems has un­veiled fur­ther de­tails of in­vest­ment pro­pos­als for its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Glas­gow, which will play a key role in help­ing to en­sure the long-term fu­ture of its ship build­ing busi­ness. The First op­tion, a sin­gle site strat­egy, in­volves build­ing a new state-of-the-art man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity at Scot­stoun while the sec­ond op­tion, a two site strat­egy, in­volves ex­pand­ing and im­prov­ing ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Go­van and Scot­stoun.

Char­lie Blakemore, Busi­ness and Trans­for­ma­tion Di­rec­tor at BAE Sys­tems Mar­itime – Naval Ships, said: “Our vi­sion is to cre­ate 21st century com­plex war­ship ca­pa­bil­ity that will deliver value for money for our cus­tomers and at­tract and re­tain the very best talent, help­ing to se­cure the long-term fu­ture of this highly skilled in­dus­try in the UK.

Un­der the sec­ond op­tion, con­struc­tion work at Go­van would in­clude ex­ten­sions to the ex­ist­ing fab­ri­ca­tion and main ship build halls. A new paint cell and out­fit hall would also be con­structed and the ex­ist­ing berth would lev­elled to cre­ate a new trans­fer quay. Con­struc­tion work at Scot­stoun would in­clude up­grades to the dry docks and strength­en­ing of the deep wa­ter berth to sup­port mo­bile cranes. If selected, con­struc­tion would be ex­pected to be­gin at Go­van from Fe­bru­ary 2015 un­til 2017, whilst work at Scot­stoun would take place from 2017 to 2018.

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