Government asks for proposals on future of Portsmouth shipyard

A general view of Unicorn Gate at Portsmouth Naval Base, which is home to BAE Systems Picture: PA
A general view of Unicorn Gate at Portsmouth Naval Base, which is home to BAE Systems Picture: PA

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The Ministry of Defence has today published a prospectus calling on businesses to put forward proposals for how Portsmouth’s shipbuilding facilities could be used.

It comes after BAE Systems’ announcement in November last year that it would end shipbuilding at its facilities in the city.

As reported in The News, there has been interest from several companies who want to take over the site.

Now, the government has published details of the site for companies who want to lease it.

Once vacated by BAE, the 13 hectare site, which includes the ship hall, two docks, plate cutting facilities, workshops and administration offices, could have a commercial use.

However, as it forms part of the naval base, there will be restrictions to ensure any occupation complies with operational military and security requirements.

Minister for defence equipment, support and technology Philip Dunne said: ‘As the home of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers and with the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-Class carriers in a few years time, Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth has a bright future as an important location for the Royal Navy and industry.

‘Although no decisions have yet been made about the future of the shipbuilding site, we are now keen to progress interest from parties who can demonstrate credible potential use of the facilities.’

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation will look into appointing a marketing agent to manage a campaign asking for expressions of interest in any facilities vacated by BAE Systems.