Sector - Supply Chain

Cumbrian construction firm clinches £40M Sellafield contract

Stobbarts Ltd is the latest local SME to join Programme and Project Partners, helping to deliver major infrastructure projects at the UK’s largest and most complex nuclear site, Sellafield.

The 15-year framework deal, worth up to £40M, will see the firm support key delivery partner Sir Robert McAlpine on groundworks and concrete (civils).

Because the work is long-term, Stobbarts can continue its ambitious growth strategy, recruiting more local people and investing in its apprenticeship programme. There are also plans to develop its existing facilities and expand into new premises nearby.

Adam Stobbart, director of Stobbarts Ltd, said: “Being part of a long-term framework with the Programme and Project Partners (PPP) allows us to continue employing local people and increase our apprentice numbers.

“It also allows us to offer more to the local community. We have a steadfast commitment to West Cumbria; to create jobs, invest, and deliver social impact.

“As we embark on this new chapter, we remain committed to innovation, sustainability, and community enrichment.

“Together with our partners and stakeholders, we look forward to shaping a brighter future for West Cumbria and beyond.”

Stobbarts has a long record of supporting its community. The company already offers work experience placements to several local schools. Its work with PPP will help it become more involved in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) related educational programmes and expand its work with the Centre for Leadership Performance, which is a not-for-profit organisation to develop Cumbria’s leaders for today and tomorrow.

Stobbarts will continue to support community groups and charities including the Bee Unique Autism Charity, a football club for children with special educational needs, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Since mobilising in 2019, PPP has awarded contracts with a potential value of £3Bn.

The partnership is now working with around 200 suppliers from across the UK, with 40% based in the north-west and almost 70% being SMEs.

John Rossiter, head of PPP supply chain, said: “The PPP model is entering an exciting period as we start to see the growth of our Tier 3 layer of suppliers joining the enterprise.

“The model is truly pioneering and a radical shift in how major projects have been delivered to date. It’s incredible to see true collaboration and the benefits being realised as our supply chain grows.

“SMEs like Stobbarts bring huge amounts of expertise and value. We’re really proud to welcome them on board.”