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2 minute read - 28th May 2024

Rolls-Royce selects Balfour Beatty as construction partner

Rolls-Royce has chosen infrastructure group Balfour Beatty as its non-fissile construction partner to help deliver the expansion of its Raynesway site in Derby. In June last year, Rolls-Royce announced it would be doubling the size of its Raynesway submarines site to meet the growth in demand from the Royal Navy, and as a result of last year’s AUKUS announcement.

In March this year, Australia committed £2.4bn over ten years to the UK SSN-AUKUS programme, representing a proportionate contribution to both the uplift of Rolls-Royce Submarines infrastructure, as well as a fair contribution to costs associated with boat design.

New manufacturing and office facilities will be built on acquired land surrounding the existing Raynesway site. Balfour Beatty will be tasked with building these new facilities and the adjoining site infrastructure. Around 1,170 skilled roles will also be created within Rolls-Royce across a range of disciplines, including manufacturing and engineering.

Rolls Royce has appointed Balfour Beatty to help double the size of its Raynesway site as it prepares to expand the AUKUS submarine programme / Picture: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Submarines infrastructure director, Terry Meighan, said:” We cannot deliver against our commitments to the MOD and the AUKUS programme on our own. It will require a strong and reliable supply chain bringing their expertise to enhance and enable the critical work we do. The selection of Balfour Beatty as our expansion construction partner is a prime example of that. Their experience in delivering major infrastructure, as well as their long history of complex project delivery in secure environments, were important factors in our decision. This is an exciting milestone as we grow our site and our business to meet the enhanced demand for our expertise.”

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty’s group chief executive, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step forward in ensuring Rolls-Royce has the infrastructure in place to support the strategic requirements of the MOD and the AUKUS programmes. I’m delighted Balfour Beatty has been chosen to support this critical work for a project that will see us unite our unique multi-disciplinary expertise and experience in delivering large scale complex projects within live, operational nuclear environments.”

This announcement follows confirmation that multi-disciplinary professional services consultancy WSP has been selected as its non-fissile design partner. Balfour Beatty and WSP will work closely over the next decade to bring the Raynesway site expansion plans to life.

Rolls-Royce Submarines currently employs more than 4,500 people and designs, manufactures and provides in-service support to the pressurised water reactors that power every boat in the Royal Navy’s submarine fleet.

Rolls-Royce is currently supporting the existing Astute and Dreadnought boat build programmes through the delivery of reactor plant and associated components. Additionally, it provides frontline support across the world for reactor plant equipment from its operations centre in Derby and supports the submarines when in the Barrow-in-Furness shipyard and the naval bases at Devonport and Faslane.

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