Nuclear & Defence

Lifting and handling objects in nuclear and defence installations requires a hugely different approach and skillset to regular commercial cranes and manipulators. No longer are off-the-shelf solutions sufficient, neither is the standard documentation they are sold with.

SCX Special Projects has a track record in the nuclear and defence sectors spanning more than 20 years: from our first nuclear decommissioning project at Berkeley Power Station in 1997; to a range of bespoke on-board cranes for the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth class carriers.

Today we design some of the safest, most reliable mechanical handling systems in the sector. And our teams carry the experience of working directly with end customers, or via tendering and procurement frameworks.

SCX Special Projects has implemented lifting cranes and mechanical handling solutions at the majority of UK-licenced sites including Sellafield, Sizewell, Dounreay, Hunterston, Bradwell, Winfrith and many others. We have also engineered solutions for numerous defence projects, from manufacturing to package handling to sea-going cranes, for clients such as MoD, Rolls Royce, Bombardier, BAE and more.



We are well-versed in creating solutions that focus on safety case outcomes, while keeping value and project delivery front of mind.

Our approach combines modular lifting solutions, using robust, industry-proven technologies, with extensive EC&I capabilities. We customise and modify only where necessary, engineering the solution to your specific project requirements.


SCX Special Projects is also the exclusive UK licence holder for the MotoSuiveur failsafe hoist safety unit. The MotoSuiveur is a self-contained, passive and permissive safety system that drives both cost and complexity out of your safety case.



Get in touch today to talk more about how SCX Special Projects can deliver fit-for-purpose solutions to your lifting and mechanical handling challenges.

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SCX Special Projects Ltd

Roman Ridge Road, Sheffield, S9 1GA, United Kingdom

t:  +44 (0)114 262 6199