Westlakes Engineering nuclear growth

Westlakes 200The New Year started on a very positive note for Westlakes Engineering Limited (WEL).

As well as celebrating their tenth birthday, they have also secured three nuclear framework agreements, with projects already underway. The framework agreements provide three distinct opportunities; opening doors for Westlakes Engineering in the nuclear new build sector, allowing them to be innovative on decommissioning projects at Sellafield and utilising design services on projects for Westinghouse at the Springfield Fuels Ltd near Preston. Making the transition from a sub-contractor to holding direct contracts is a key milestone for Westlakes Engineering.

The framework agreements are:

  • Technical Support Services Framework for the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
  • Enabling Innovation Framework (EIF2) issued by Sellafield Limited
  • Professional Services Contract allocated by Springfields Fuels Ltd for Westinghouse

WEL is one of six successful companies listed on the Technical Support Services Framework for the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). They are the only SME to be included alongside well established national players that include AMEC, ARUP, Sir Robert McAlpine, Nuvia and Jacobs UK Ltd.

Andy Hooper, Managing Director at WEL said “this was an important win for us because it gives us a route into the New Nuclear Build market right across the UK. We were awarded the framework for the quality of our people and are delighted that the first project we bid for was won. We now have a have a 2 year contract providing support to the ONR at Hinkley ‘C’ near Bristol in Somerset. It is unusual for a small business like ours to be included in the framework, but we were clearly able to demonstrate the depth of skills we have in our network. We know we can’t do everything ourselves, but we have allies and expertise that we trust and can rely on.

The second framework win is the Enabling Innovation Framework (EIF2) issued by Sellafield Limited and contracted for four years. WEL and REACT Engineering are the only West Cumbrian SME’s successful in winning this framework which focuses on innovative companies that can provide the technical and business expertise to uncover smarter ways to conduct decommissioning work, looking at framing and solving problems in a more effective, simpler way.

This framework follows on from an initial pilot framework (EIF1), where all nine companies in the agreement collaborated and self-governed on a range of projects. The successful alliances resulted in all nine companies sharing the Sellafield Supply Chain Collaboration Award in 2014. Formalised in time for the New Year, projects from this four year framework agreement will roll out shortly. WEL is still working on projects from EIF1, with new projects from EIF2 being awarded in 2015.

The third framework agreement win is the Professional Services Contract allocated by Springfields Fuels Ltd on behalf of Westinghouse. Westlakes Engineering Director Alison Felstead, is the WEL lead for this four year framework. Based at their Preston office her team has started to secure a number of projects through the framework. Alison said “it’s early days yet but we’re working on a number of fronts across the Springfield site and building relationships with the Westinghouse team. It’s a multi-disciplinary design services framework so in addition to the Civil Structural and Architectural work, we will be working with other like-minded SMEs like North West Projects to deliver the full package.

In the longer term, we hope it will bring a consistent stream of work to the Preston office – which is excellent news with Springfield on the doorstep, rather than being more reliant on contracts from Sellafield.

Having safely secured a trio of quality standards, Westlakes Engineering Limited (WEL), is now focused on work generated from these recent framework wins.

Andy Hooper Managing Director of Westlakes Engineering said ‘When we began the company winning a framework agreement was one of our long term goals. Since then the market has changed, and we recognised frameworks outside Cumbria are equally important and attainable. Winning frameworks allows us to sit at the top table and creates a portfolio of opportunities to underpin the future growth of the business.

These frameworks have moved us up a step and reflect the quality of our staff and the service that we provide. It also reflects the hard work that everyone has put in to build the business over the past 10 years.  The value and expertise we now offer is recognised nationally and it’s great to be exporting skills from West Cumbria.

To learn more about the framework agreements or growth in nuclear business please contact Andy Hooper, MD at Westlakes Engineering on 01946 595550.

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