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Battelle in Consortium Selected to Lead England's National Nuclear Laboratory

Posted on Nov 20, 2012


Columbus, Ohio—A consortium of Serco, Battelle, and The University of Manchester in England has been named to run the new United Kingdom National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

The announcement was made by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the consortium management team now will work with the department to ensure a swift and effective transition to the new management team under a government owned contractor operated model.  The new contract is expected to be signed in time for service to begin at the beginning of April. The contract is for an initial three-year period with two further option years. No other details will be available until after the April finalization.

The NNL was formally launched in July 2008 by John Hutton, then United Kingdom Secretary of State for Business.  The lab brings together the expert nuclear research capabilities of Nexia Solutions with world-class nuclear facilities, such as the new Central Laboratory at Sellafield.  Its objectives are to become an international center of excellence in nuclear research, to play a central role in cleaning up the UK’s nuclear waste legacy and to contribute to the future of nuclear energy. It will be at the heart of delivering the government’s nuclear energy policy as part of creating a low-carbon economy.

Between them, the consortium members have the first-class nuclear, management and commercial experience necessary to achieve the government’s ambitions for NNL as a successful nuclear technology laboratory, world-renowned for its exceptional staff, cutting-edge facilities and excellent value.

Mike Lawrence of Battelle will lead the new NNL management team as Managing Director.  He brings more than 40 years of experience in the nuclear profession, including management of the United States Hanford Reservation and its massive site cleanup program, and his former role as the U.S. representative on nuclear matters to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Lawrence and his colleagues will seek to engage early on with NNL staff and other key stakeholders, including the local community around the NNL’s facilities in the North West, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

The focus from the outset will be on positioning NNL as the employer of choice for nuclear scientists and engineers and working in partnership with customers to deliver valuable solutions to the challenges faced by the national and international nuclear market.

Jeff Wadsworth, President and CEO of Battelle, said, “We will work in partnership with employees, unions and customers to safely and securely deliver world-class performance at the NNL sites. We will work to ensure that the NNL becomes a core element of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Program and contributes to the global nuclear renaissance.”

Serco is a leading global management services company based in the UK, and The University of Manchester was created in 2004 from the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Science and Technology Institute.

Bob McGuiness, Chief Executive of Serco’s nuclear business, said, “We put together a very strong consortium, unrivalled in its experience of managing and exploiting the benefits of science and innovation.  We are very happy that we will now have the opportunity to put our vision for NNL in to practice, and are really looking forward to engaging with the excellent staff team at NNL to ensure its long term future and commercial success.”

Professor Alan Gilbert, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, said, “The University of Manchester has a long tradition of being at the forefront of nuclear research, and we are delighted to be part of the consortium that has been named as Recommended Bidder for the NNL.”

Serco is a FTSE 100 international service company with a strong pedigree in both the civil and defence nuclear sectors and in the management of science under the GOCO model.  It has some of the world’s leading experts in nuclear safety and assurance who have developed many of today’s nuclear safety standards, including over 400 professionals, engineers and scientists.  In addition, the company is responsible for the management both of the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment as part of a three way joint venture, and the National Physical Laboratory, the UK’s National Measurement Institute.

Battelle is the world’s largest non-profit independent research and development organization, providing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences.  It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $5.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 20,400 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science and math education.

The University of Manchester is a renowned center of excellence in nuclear research and has a broad range of capabilities in the field, including nuclear fusion, decommissioning and nuclear waste disposal, all central to the NNL mission.

Battelle media contacts: Katy Delaney, 410-306-8638 or; or T.R. Massey, 614-424-5544 or

Serco media contact: Tim Matthews, 0771819 5546 or

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