Engineering in Cumbria
Cumbria’s engineering prowess is famed across the globe; whether serving the complex needs of the energy sector or the specialist demands of marine clients.
Bendall's Engineering, Carlisle, has grown from small beginnings to become a major player serving the oil, gas, petrochemical, nuclear and renewable energy sectors. It has been at the forefront of tidal turbine technology by helping in the manufacture of “Sea Flow” and “Seagen” – the world’s first large-scale grid connected tidal turbines. Specialists in steel fabrication and electro-mechanical assembly, the company is recognised as being at the cutting-edge of design and production, confirmed by a client base that includes Sellafield Ltd, BP, Shell, Chevron, British Energy, Bechtel, Amec. Along the coast in West Cumbria, James Fisher Nuclear Services provides responsive engineering services to nuclear customers, with 80 nuclear engineers, design offices, service facilities and a newly-opened £2m rig hall at Egremont, where operatives and train and rehearse working in a hostile environment. The company is part of the James Fisher Group, which started life in the marine industry back in 1847.
Westlakes Science & Technology Park near Whitehaven has become home to an exciting cluster of innovative businesses with international reach in the areas of nuclear decommissioning, engineering, research and development, and environmental science. REACT Engineering is one such company, providing strategic, engineering and project management services to the nuclear industry, including dismantling radioactive plants and the clean out of redundant irradiated fuel storage. Westlakes Engineering’s West Cumbria base specialises in providing consultancy services to the nuclear, oil and gas industries, although its portfolio extends into defence, highways, utilities, road and rail for both public and private sector clients.
Barrow-based Agrilek is a multi-disciplined engineering company which draws on the town’s long tradition in engineering and construction to boost its services. Offering everything from electrical contracting, power systems and renewable energy – in particular the design, build and testing of small wind and hydro schemes – to steelworks and process pipe work, its client roster ranges from BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence to Severn Trent Water and the National Trust. Civic engineering company Lakeland Marine Construction, based in Levens near Kendal, specialises in marine and water based projects including marinas, canals and waterways to boathouses, docks, and hydro electric structures.