Heanor engineering firm lands major Rolls Royce deal

A £7million contract to build a test facility for Rolls Royce is set to keep jobs secure at a Heanor engineering firm.

Cullum Detuners Limited has been awarded a contract by Rolls-Royce Naval to design and build a new marine gas turbine test facility in Bristol.

The massive new deal for the Heanor Gate Industrial Estate firm will not create several new positions, according to managing director Bill Rigg - but will result in a ‘long term securing of jobs’.

He said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract which aligns perfectly with our strategic goal of becoming a world leader in the support of naval marine gas turbines.”

Cullum will now begin work designing a 700 square metre test facility for Rolls Royce to build and replace marine gas turbine engines, used to propel Type 45 Destroyers.

The Navy ships are the ‘most advanced warships the nation has ever built’ according to the Ministry of Defence.

The facility is set to be built by mid 2014 by Rolls Royce’s Bristol site.

Rolls-Royce Naval’s president Don Roussinos handed Cullum Detuners the contract on Tuesday, June 11. He said: “Today marks an exciting milestone for us as work commences on this new state of the art test facility to support our innovative marine gas turbines, powering the world’s latest naval platforms.

“We are looking forward to working with Cullum Detuners on this significant project.”

To commemorate the event Cullum Detuners has vowed to plant a new generation of trees under the TreeBristol campaign.