Place secured on specialist nuclear technical services framework

HMS Vigilant, a Vanguard Class submarine, is shown alongside No. 10 berth HM Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde in this stunning twilight shot. She had recently returned to her home port, Faslane Naval Base, after a successful operational patrol.

The Atkins Cavendish Alliance (ACA) has secured a place on a Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) framework to provide specialist nuclear technical services to the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

The Nuclear Technical Support Provider (NTSP) framework – which lasts seven years, with the option of a further three years – will deliver specialist nuclear technical services valued between £250 million and £400 million to support the DIO, Navy Command and other MOD organisations.

Atkins – one the of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies – and Cavendish Nuclear – one of the UK’s leading nuclear services companies – have been working together since 2010 as part of the EDF Strategic Partnership to support the continued operation of EDF Energy’s existing fleet.

The NTSP framework will support the Clyde Infrastructure Programme (CIP) and wider Royal Navy and defence requirements.  Its primary focus will be on delivering the refurbishment and upgrade of critical infrastructure at HMNB Clyde. 

Charles Hoskins, DIO’s Clyde Infrastructure Programme Director, said: “The NTSP is vitally important to the delivery of our major infrastructure programme and wider operations at HMNB Clyde. We welcome all companies from our new NTSP delivery partners to our infrastructure family within the Clyde Community.

“We look forward to them joining our delivery team and the collaborative approach that we are embedding into all work we undertake at HMNB Clyde. This collaborative approach and the expertise from our new partners will be crucial to our success as we move forward into the exciting and challenging next chapter of our programme.”

Mike McNicholas, Infrastructure Managing Director at Atkins, said: “The Clyde Infrastructure Programme represents an incredible opportunity to help shape the UK’s defence capability and further strengthen the industry’s collective expertise in delivering highly specialised nuclear services.

“We’re now focussed on working closely alongside the DIO and our framework partners to hit the ground running as part of this select delivery team.”

Dominic Kieran, Cavendish Nuclear Managing Director, “We’re pleased to have successfully secured a place on this critical framework for the Clyde site.

“We are looking forward to building on our established approach to working collaboratively with the customer, our partner, supply chain and other framework partners to successfully deliver major projects in complex environments.”

Image credit: Crown Copyright – MOD 2007