BAE releases investment options for Glasgow manufacturing facilities

6 February 2014 (Last Updated February 6th, 2014 18:30)

BAE Systems has released two potential investment options for its two manufacturing facilities in Glasgow, UK, ahead of public consultations which are scheduled to be held next week.

Type 45 destroyer

BAE Systems has released two potential investment options for its two manufacturing facilities in Glasgow, UK, ahead of public consultations which are scheduled to be held next week.

The two manufacturing facilities, Govan and Scotstoun shipyards in Glasgow will play a major role in helping to ensure the long-term future of its ship building business.

Under the first option, a single site strategy, BAE is planning to build a new manufacturing facility at Scotstoun while the second option, a two site strategy, involve upgrading the existing facilities at Govan and Scotstoun.

BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships business and transformation director Charlie Blakemore said that the company aims to create 21st century complex warship capability to deliver value for money for customers while helping to secure the long-term future of highly skilled industry in the UK.

"The proposed facilities are a key part of this and will offer significant benefits including modern, safer working environments, increased efficiency and competitiveness, generating a step change in capability," Blakemore said.

"The proposed facilities are a key part of this and will offer significant benefits including modern, safer working environments, increased efficiency and competitiveness."

Work under the first option is scheduled to commence in January 2015 and run until 2017 while the construction work is likely to start at Govan from February 2015 until 2017 and at Scotstoun would take place from 2017 to 2018.

"We are working with local authorities and the Ministry of Defence to progress the investment proposals and are committed to building a future legacy for our business that we will all be proud of."

The investment options for Govan and Scotstoun shipyards follow a proposal to integrate shipbuilding operations in Glasgow, announced by the company in November 2013.

A decision will be made by the end of 2014 for both options, following a review throughout 2014.


Image: a Royal Navy's type 45 vessel conducting mission at sea. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.

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