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Costain Defence

Defence and Nuclear

Supporting the strategic defence capabilities and energy resilience that protect and power the UK, its people, values, and interests.

Both the defence and nuclear markets are highly complex and sensitive, requiring specialist understanding, experience and expertise. Across defence we support the UK’s most strategic systems and the service personnel that use infrastructure to live, work and train for operations. We combine our civil and defence nuclear experience, ensuring long-term, low carbon, energy security, and sustain the UK deterrent programme. We improve our clients’ performance and capabilities to deliver their programmes in more adaptable, flexible and connected ways.

What might this mean?

As an integrated delivery partner, we deliver value for money, reduce complexity and provide certainty and success across our clients’ projects, programmes and large portfolios to maximise through-life operational value.

Our culture, governance, systems and processes are robustly built from our heritage in major infrastructure programmes and sustained by long-term investment in innovation and the development of our people.

How Costain can help?

We are one of the largest providers of project and engineering services to the UK nuclear market and have been involved with some of the UK’s largest nuclear construction projects.

Our defence and nuclear team offers:

 

 

Specialist services

Transformational portfolio, programme and project management (P3M)

The effective operational and commercial management of complex inter-related projects is critical to many defence programmes. Our programme management skills provide confidence that project delivery will be achieved within agreed time, cost and performance targets.

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Behavioural leadership coaching and P3M training

Our strategic advice supports teams and leaders throughout the implementation of sustainable change and improvements to major schemes through applied P3M training and executive behavioural coaching. We are also a leading training provider for the provision of earned value management (EVM) and control account manager (CAM) training to major defence contractors.

Read our thought leadership report: Improving major project performance through establishing the right culture and leadership behaviour

 

Digital technology development, integration, security and support

From strategic advisory through to digital integration and bespoke software and hardware, our technology capability spans the defence lifecycle. Where we add real value is through the integration of existing systems and processes for better outcomes and decision making. Our in-house digital technology team design, rapidly prototype, manufacture, integrate and support bespoke electronics, high integrity software and systems, as well as help clients navigate from legacy to new secure, open systems.

Operational optimisation and security

We optimise the performance and security of individual assets or entire networks of assets at any point in the lifecycle. We transform infrastructure intelligence through the development and integration of leading-edge digital technology solutions built on our deep domain knowledge and client insight.

Optimisation of processes, systems and infrastructure can achieve improved outcomes such as increasing efficiency, effectiveness and resilience whilst having minimal impact on operations. Optimisation encourages a proactive response rather than reactive. We harness our cross sector experience in delivering programme, portfolio and project management to deliver agile, mature systems.

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Meet your experts

Leigh Wakefield

Leigh leads Costain’s civil nuclear business growth, building on and developing the excellent work that we do for our current clients and broadening our support to new clients in the market, including various areas of the new build programme.

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Gary Jackson MBE

As a professionally qualified engineer and P3M leader, Gary has proven qualities in delivering change and bringing structure, control and momentum to complex, strategic, technical and politically sensitive programmes.

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Peter Mill

Looking forward, Peter is excited at the prospect of the profession using artificial intelligence, business information modelling and digital twin to keep it at the heart of any process.

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