Work has started on a £1bn rebuild of facilities at Devonport Dockyard which will create more than 600 construction jobs during the next five years.
The yard, the latest in the UK, is to undergo a huge redevelopment which will start with work to allow the newest nuclear submarines to be refitted in Plymouth.
The forthcoming work is centred around 5 Basin at the yard and although it is predicated on 10 Dock there will also be work at, 9 Dock, 14 Dock and 15 Dock and at the East Berth and West Wall Berth, all of this needed for the new nuclear submarines.
Work will also be carried out on 8 Dock and 11 Dock, which will be used for new warships, plus 12 Dock’s caissons, and on enabling and secondary facilities too.
Construction work is due to start in 2022 at 8, 9 12, 14 and 15 Docks, with all of them completed by 2024.
At 10 Dock the enabling works have begun and a design phase will continue until 2024, by which time construction will have started, and will run until 2026.