Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone

Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone

Development works at the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone have progressed significantly over the past 12 months. An update on a range of activities is provided below:

Spine Road

  • Highway work along the spine road leading to the BAE Academy for Skills and Knowledge Training Centre and Wincanton Defence Logistics Facility are now complete.
  • Lancashire County Council's highways team are preparing to start the remaining work which will link to the A59. During these work, it will be necessary to temporarily close access to the BAE site from the A59 junction and goods delivery vehicles that would have used the A59 junction to the BAE Systems site will be directed to use the A677 junction (via the Spine Road). All cars will be directed to use the BAE Systems main entrance during this period.
  • The spine road is anticipated to be completed during Spring/Summer 2017.

Academy for Skills & Knowledge (ASK)

The Academy for Skills & Knowledge (ASK) is 7,400m2 in size and situated on the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone alongside BAE Systems’ military aircraft advanced manufacturing centre. It will train all the apprentices and graduates in the Company’s military aircraft business as well as providing life-long learning and skills development activities for 13,000 employees for at least the next four decades. The ASK will also act as a collaborative skills-hub for the North West’s engineering and manufacturing sector and offer an exciting learning education centre for school children from five to 14 years old.

With 26 modern, light and airy classroom facilities, the ASK provides the very best modern learning environment. It mirrors the latest advanced manufacturing technologies and factory layouts used at BAE Systems including robotics, 3D printers, a virtual reality 'cave', a composites clean room, electronics and welding facilities. In early 2017, the Academy will also accommodate a Hawk jet trainer for apprentices to understand the engineering complexity and build of an aircraft at first hand.

BAE Systems' recruited 667 apprentices across its UK business in 2016. Of those, 182 joined the military aircraft business. The company’s apprentice training programme is rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED and was recently recognised with a Princess Royal Training Award.

Wincanton Defence Logistics Facility

The Defence Logistics Centre is purpose built to support BAE Systems production and through life support programmes. The Facility currently handle's raw materials, aircraft components, tooling, roughing’s and forgings for the 3 distinct aircraft platforms F35, Hawk and Typhoon.

The facility has a 130,000ft2 footprint with a 35,000ft2 first floor operating area, there are 5 x 12 metre shuttles for small component storage and a 3,500ft2 cold store at minus 22 degrees for carbon storage.

Wincanton employ circa 170 employees across the warehouse and transport functions and have circa of 12 vehicles in the fleet for the internal transport across Brough, Warton and Samlesbury unit.


Commercial Property Agents, Colliers International have been appointment to market the site and marketing signs will be installed at the A677 and A59 entrance to inform people of the business opportunity.

A promotional brochure has been produced to promote Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone to businesses and a Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone website has been launched - www.samlesburyaerospaceEZ.com

Highways Improvements update

Branch Road

  • Following on from a public consultation which took place during November 2016 a number of comments were received and have now been reviewed. Work is now underway to progress with a detailed design for the work which will lead to the implementation stage.


  • Junction work on the A677 are now complete. Additional work have been identified which will involve the construction of traffic islands (which started during February) and road markings are anticipated to be completed in early Spring 2017, subject to weather conditions.


  • Temporary diversion signs have been installed at appropriate locations where current signs are directing delivery vehicles to BAE Systems. The signs have been installed to inform any traffic which would normally deliver to BAE Systems to direct them to use the access from the A677 rather than the A59. Permanent signs will be installed as work progresses which will encourage traffic to use the new BAE Systems goods entrance off the A677.
  • Signs will also be installed in appropriate areas to direct traffic away from Branch Road once works commences.