BAE Systems has submitted a planning application that would see the ‘Ship Block Outfit Hall’ at its Govan shipyard in Glasgow expanded.
The expanded hall would allow ships to be built indoors, protecting them against the elements and would form part of an effort to modernise the yard to make it more attractive to future orders.
The firm submitted a Planning Application Notice to Glasgow City Council with the purpose:
“Erection of extension to ship block and outfit hall, demolition of buildings to accommodate extension and associated works.”
What would that look like? Here’s a very high-quality diagram.
🚨 NEWS | BAE has submitted a planning application to expand their Glasgow shipbuilding hall. The proposal, should it be accepted, will effectively do what I've tried to do in this image and take the hall to the public road, allowing ships to be built and assembled indoors. pic.twitter.com/PLryIG4XRc
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A BAE Systems spokesperson said:
“A programme of investment is already underway to improve the infrastructure that enables the safe design, construction and commissioning of the complex warships that we build for the Royal Navy here in Glasgow. As part of this activity we are exploring further opportunities to modernise our facilities and ensure we are best placed to deliver current and future customer commitments.”
An online consultation will start soon and plans are expected to be able to be viewed online from mid-December to mid-January. It is understood that there is no publicly available cost just yet for the proposed development.