Nuclear sector projects
Produced in partnership with Foot Anstey

The following Construction practice note produced in partnership with Foot Anstey provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Nuclear sector projects
  • Sector background
  • Decommissioning
  • New build
  • Regulatory landscape
  • Legal framework
  • Regulators
  • Ramifications for contractors
  • Procurement routes in the nuclear sector
  • Procurement of nuclear decommissioning projects
  • More...

Nuclear sector projects

The UK nuclear market for construction industry supply chain members is significant. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority projected spend of £3.3bn for the financial year 2015/16 purely in relation to civil decommissioning—add in military decommissioning and the significant future value of the nuclear new build market and the overall market is huge.

The sector requires a wide range of construction-related inputs, from large-scale civil engineering, demolition and project management, through to design services and facilities management (and much more besides). Some of these services require specialist nuclear know-how, others do not (although all members of the nuclear supply chain need to be aware of the special considerations which apply to working in the nuclear sector).

The nuclear sector is heavily regulated, especially in the UK, and the contracting structures and documents used can be correspondingly complex. This Practice Note provides an introduction to the sector from a legal adviser's perspective.

Sector background

The UK nuclear sector can be divided into:

  1. decommissioning (of which civil (ie non-MoD) decommissioning represents the significant majority, and hence will be the focus of this Practice Note), and

  2. a relatively fledgling new build market


Simply put, nuclear decommissioning entails taking a designated nuclear site (often—but not always—the site of a nuclear power station which has ceased operating) and returning it to a safe non-radioactive, cleared state. There are numerous stages to this, and the

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