Proposals for future ship building facilities unveiled
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.