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Developments at AWE

  • In 2002, AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield embarked on a massive building programme which will equip the UK government to design, test and build a new generation of nuclear warheads;
  • Since 2002, AWE have built the new "Orion" laser and work is almost completed on the Gemini office complex; a new High Explosive Fabrication Facility and several other buildings are under construction and a new supercomputer, essential to the design of new warheads, has been installed;
  • Hundreds of new staff, including specialist warhead engineers, have been recruited;
  • These developments started well before parliament voted in March 2007 to replace the current Trident system.
  • Further planning applications for new buildings, including a new Uranium Enrichment Facility, are envisaged in early 2009;
  • For a detailed chronology of construction and related events, see ...here;
  • When Parliament voted in March 2007 to replace the current Trident system, they only agreed to new submarines and missiles.They did not vote to replace the warheads.
  • Since 2007 the government have continued to claim that they have not yet made in a decision to replace the current warhead system, however continued building work at Aldermaston and other evidence suggests that this decision has already been made.

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Developments at AWE

  • In 2002, AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield embarked on a massive building programme which will equip the UK government to design, test and build a new generation of nuclear warheads;

Updated timeline of planning applications

This is an outline of when facilities at Aldermaston have gone through the planning process