£18m office to bring 1,000 workers into Whitehaven

Construction work is now complete on Albion Square, the new £18m office block set to bring 1,000 workers into the centre of Whitehaven.

(Albion Square offices)

NDA Properties Ltd handed the keys to Sellafield Ltd in an official handover ceremony last Friday, following the completion of construction of the Albion Square office block.

Albion Square was commissioned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s own property company (NDA Properties Ltd) to transfer staff from Sellafield. This transfer frees up space for decommissioning, reduces traffic to the nuclear site and will help regenerate the economy of Whitehaven’s town centre.

The development is a joint project between the NDA, Sellafield Ltd, Nuclear Management Partners, Britain’s Energy Coast and Copeland Borough Council.

Nuclear Management Partners’ (NMP) paid £5m towards the acquisition and preparation of the Swingpump Lane site through Britain’s Energy Coast. NDA Properties Ltd funded the building costs, which approached £15m.

Sellafield Ltd will now oversee the finishing touches to the interior of the building, including installing the IT infrastructure, before the transfer of staff begins in September. An official opening is planned for October.David Atkinson, Managing Director of NDA Properties, said:

“It has been a fantastic joint effort by all of the partners in the project to reach this point.

“The building looks fantastic outside and inside. It will provide a comfortable, modern working environment for Sellafield staff, while contributing to the redevelopment of Whitehaven, and delivering an additional 1,000 potential customers for the town’s retail industry. I would like to thank NMP, whose funding via BEC got the site ready for the building to start, and the local Council. Working together, we can now relocate employees from Sellafield to give us greater space and flexibility on Sellafield site for decommissioning work, reduce traffic flow onto the site and enhance security. And of course bring real economic benefit to Whitehaven.”

Bruce Denwood, Head of Facilities Management for Sellafield Ltd, said:

“We’re delighted to get the keys to this fantastic new office building.

“The design and construction teams have done a first rate job and we’re getting an exceptional facility which I’m sure will prove to be a great place to work for those of our staff who are moving in soon.”

Copeland Borough Council Leader, Elaine Woodburn, said:

“This is a fantastic facility and the council is proud to have been involved in helping bring it to fruition. It has improved the environment in this part of town and is an integral part of Whitehaven’s regeneration. It will also bring a great number of new people into the town centre to take advantage of the businesses there. I look forward to the building opening.”

The iconic glass-fronted building is designed as the centre-piece of a series of nuclear-funded projects set to transform the centre of Whitehaven.

It comprises two four-storey office buildings, totalling 100,000sq ft, constructed at two adjacent sites.

Construction was delivered by Morgan Sindall. RMJM acted as concept and design architects. Hurd Rolland Partnership were the project architects. Project management services have been provided by Drivers Jonas Deloitte.

Source: NDA

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