A Workington-based construction firm has signed a contract worth up to £40 million.

Stobbarts has recently become a member of Sellafield’s Programme and Project Partners (PPP).

As part of the 15-year framework deal, Stobbarts will assist in delivering infrastructure projects at the UK's largest nuclear site.

The firm will lend support to key delivery partner, Sir Robert McAlpine, on civil groundwork and concrete.

This long-term agreement presents Stobbarts with the opportunity to keep growing, permitting recruitment of more workforce and funding for its apprenticeship schemes.

Additionally, the company has future plans to enhance its existing facilities and also expand into neighbouring premises.

Adam Stobbart, director of Stobbarts Ltd, said: "Being part of a long-term framework with PPP allows us to continue employing local people and increase our apprentice numbers.

"It also allows us to offer more to the local community.

"We have a steadfast commitment to West Cumbria; to create jobs, invest and deliver social impact.

"As we embark on this new chapter, we remain committed to innovation, sustainability, and community enrichment.

"Together with our partners and stakeholders, we look forward to shaping a brighter future for West Cumbria and beyond."

Stobbarts currently provides work experience placements to several schools.

Its partnership with PPP will enable it to engage more in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related educational programmes, as well as expand its involvement with the Centre for Leadership Performance.

Since its initiation in 2019, PPP has awarded contracts having a potential value of £3 billion.

Currently, the partnership collaborates with nearly 200 suppliers all over the UK, with 40 per cent based in the north-west, and almost 70 per cent comprise Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

John Rossiter, head of PPP supply chain, said: "The PPP model is entering an exciting period as we start to see the growth of our tier three layer of suppliers joining the enterprise.

"It marks a radical shift in how major projects have been delivered to date.

"It’s incredible to see true collaboration and the benefits being realised as our supply chain grows.

"SMEs like Stobbarts bring huge amounts of expertise and value.

"We’re proud to welcome them on board."