UK-based Seddon Construction Ltd has been appointed by Sellafield to deliver the building fit-out requirement, through a fourth framework agreement worth GBP175 million (213m) over the next 17 years, until March 2039.

The building fit-out package is the fourth key delivery partner supplier framework to be awarded by the Programme and Project Partners, as part of a major programme of procurements to support the long-term delivery of major decommissioning infrastructure on the Sellafield site. The framework includes general construction activities such as: internal walls, ceilings, screeding, flooring, painting and joinery.

John Shannon, divisional director of Seddon Construction Ltd, said:

This an excellent appointment for us as a key delivery partner for the Programme and Project Partners (PPP). This opportunity will ensure that we can develop long term and effective relationships with other stakeholders, delivering effective outcomes on the Sellafield site, whilst contributing to both the community and regional economy positively.

Head of PPP supply chain Peter Hogg noted: We’re very pleased to announce our fourth long-term work partnership. This company has never worked ‘inside the fence’ at Sellafield before and that’s why the Project and Programme Partners model is different. It’s providing opportunities to organisations that we have not worked with before, which can provide innovative solutions to meet our long-term needs. This collaboration, together with Seddon’s supply chain will ensure enhanced project delivery and increased social impact and economic benefits for our communities.

The framework has been procured under the partners multi project procurement (MPP) model which encourages long-term collaboration throughout the supply chain, enhanced project delivery, and paves the way for greater social and economic impact in the West Cumbria region, with Seddon planning to open an office in West Cumbria. The MPP model is seeing the appointment of key delivery partners to deliver work packages covering everything from groundworks and general civils to steelwork and cladding.

The partners will work closely with all key delivery partners to deliver Sellafield Ltd’s purpose to create a clean and safe environment for future generations, improve sustainability and ensure better outcomes for the local economy and communities. Sellafield is in the midst of the decommissioning process, which is expected to complete in 2140.

A few days earlier, US-based Jacobs was selected to deliver Sellafield Ltd's new Integrated Asset Care (IAC) framework as a 50/50 partner in the OneAIM joint venture with Mitie. IAC covers core construction and asset care services at Sellafield, the UK's most complex nuclear site, replacing the existing Operation Site Works (OSW) framework which has reached its maximum term.

Sellafield Ltd has estimated the value of the IAC framework at $310 million over a maximum five-year term, describing it as a key delivery vehicle. "This important win provides continuity for our skilled and dedicated OneAIM team, whose great work on OSW has been recognised by our successful bid for the replacement framework," said Jacobs Energy, Security and Technology Senior Vice President Karen Wiemelt. "Collaborating with other suppliers and frameworks improves project delivery and helps achieve Sellafield's purpose of creating a clean and safe environment for future generations."

The IAC scope of work includes civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, with OneAIM responsible for: project implementation, including installation, modifications, commissioning, dismantling and removal of plant and equipment; asset care and support activities; coordination and collaboration with existing Sellafield Ltd frameworks; programmatic delivery; and integrated project controls and project management.

Image: The Sellafield site (Credit: via Rumpus PR)