The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has contracted VolkerStevin, Kier Graham Defence and Morgan Sindall for the £750m Clyde commercial framework (CCF).

The new ten-year construction framework supports the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) £1.3bn Clyde naval base programme.

It was awarded on behalf of the UK MoD and is intended to ensure that the personnel tasked with delivering the country’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent will be provided with safe and advanced facilities for living, working and training.

The three companies will be responsible for providing advisory and cost-effective construction services, as well as other infrastructure solutions to HMNB Clyde under the deal.

“Today we have put in place the framework to deliver the right infrastructure to ensure that we are able to continue to provide high-quality support to our submarines.”

The arrangement is expected to enable the British Royal Navy’s naval base to continue to function effectively in its new role as the service’s single integrated operating facility.

HMNB Clyde naval base commander commodore Mark Gayfer said: “I am delighted that today we have put in place the framework to deliver the right infrastructure to ensure that we are able to continue to provide high-quality support to our submarines, and also our sailors and their families for the foreseeable future.”

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All three companies were primarily selected as a result of their relationship with the Clyde team and their ability to work efficiently in close collaboration.

The Clyde team partnered with behavioural experts in order to set out the selection criteria for the successful bidders.

The team subsequently observed, scored and helped to assess the behaviours of each company’s personnel as they took part in a series of practical exercises with members of the Clyde project’s staff.

DIO Commercial Services assistant head Ian Arbuckle said: “We are incredibly pleased to launch our new framework for the Clyde.

“We have successfully selected three reputable industry partners who have demonstrated a commitment to delivering better value for Defence.”

The new construction framework will help support the Modernising Defence Programme, as well as ensure that the UK Armed Forces’ capability and affordability requirements are fulfilled.

It is also anticipated to deliver a variety of sustainable social and economic benefits for the local region.