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Civil Engineering

On the level at LLWR

Author: Leo Martin

Posted: 10 Jan 2020

Image:  L to R: Jonathon Evans (LLWR) and Steve Beattie (GRAHAM, Contracts Director)

Our award-winning collaborative relationship with Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) Ltd has been given a further seal of approval following the award of an Enabling Works Contract for the Repository Development Programme (RDP).

The RDP is the “single largest programme of works” LLWR has undertaken. It “spans many decades” and has planning consent for the next 35 years, covering the installation of the final engineered cap over the trenches and Vaults 8 and 9. It also includes construction of two further Vaults, 10 and 11.

After a competitive tender process, LLWR selected us to complete the enabling works programme at the site located in Drigg, West Cumbria.

It will centre on the delivery of key infrastructure elements, such as construction compounds, haul roads, material stockpile areas and drainage lagoons that will facilitate the completion of the final cap over the trenches and vaults.

The latest success builds upon our long-established relationship with LLWR, which is responsible for managing the national Repository on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

The site has operated safely since 1959, with its role is to ensure that Low level Waste generated in the UK is disposed of in a way “that protects people and the environment”.

EDCF achievements

In 2014, we were appointed to LLWR’s Engineering, Design & Construction Framework (EDCF), which involved the completion of a range of infrastructure and security projects. It is scheduled to finish in early 2020.

The realisation of a “one team, one vision” approach between GRAHAM and LLWR has resulted in a sustainable legacy and a range of notable achievements, including:

  • The Community Collaboration Award at the Institute of Collaborative Working Awards
  • The achievement of ISO 44001 certification in 2018
  • Gold Award - Considerate Constructors Scheme
  • 98% of waste diverted
  • 28% reduction carbon footprint
  • Economic benefit to locality - £13m
  • 10,000 hours training delivered to site workforce
  • Cut 480 HGV road trips through Drigg village (using railway track transportation of ballast)


Commenting on the Enabling Works Contract award, Steve Beattie, Contracts Director – Civil Engineering, said:

“We are delighted to have been selected for the Enabling Works Contract, which is testament to the successful delivery of the joint objectives and project deliverables that shaped our EDCF work portfolio over the last five years.

“It continues our established relationship with LLWR, and is a positive reflection of the strength and professionalism of our on-site team. We place a strong emphasis on repeat business, and this contract  demonstrates the impact that our industry-leading processes have made in the development of a mutually beneficial long-term partnership.”