Wates Construction to develop BAE Systems' new training facility in UK


UK-based Wates Construction has won a deal to build a new training facility for BAE Systems Submarines in Barrow-in-Furness.

The proposed £21.3m Central Training Facility will serve BAE Systems’ growing number of apprentices.

The centre will also offer training facilities for BAE Systems’ successor programme, and is expected to improve the company’s existing submarine trade labour pool.

BAE Systems’ new centre will feature a new teaching block complete with reception, classrooms and offices. It will also include a central ‘street’ with welfare facilities, craft workshops, changing rooms and a restaurant.

Building work for the project is scheduled to commence later this month.

"Wates shares with BAE Systems a long-standing commitment to investing in the future workforce, which will enable us to create a truly world class centre for training."

Wates Construction Midlands and North managing director Phil Harrison said: “The strength of a project lies in the reciprocal values of its partners, and Wates shares with BAE Systems a long-standing commitment to investing in the future workforce, which will enable us to create a truly world class centre for training.

“Having started my working life as a shipbuilding apprentice in Barrow, I take great pride in being a part of such an important development and I can personally attest to the difference that this significant investment will make to the careers of local people.”

The company has also recently completed a new Resolution Building, which is the first new build in the redevelopment programme to transform the Barrow shipyard.