Although the reality is not as dramatic, the vital work that has taken place at the site for the last 25 years has ensured the UK’s security and prosperity.
Working with the biggest defence companies in the world and collaborating with our international allies from governments and the Armed Forces, the site, which pre pandemic had an 8,500 capacity, has been a hive of activity.
The civil servants and military colleagues who have worked at the Filton site have provided our military with everything from boots to fighter jets over the years and have continually innovated to ensure they maintain the edge on the battlefield.
Not only has the site has been one of the region’s biggest employers it has also become a sanctuary for a range of wildlife including Canadian Geese and bees.
Each year our staff at DE&S, the procurement arm of the MOD, still deliver a programme of work worth over £10 billion, delivering in excess of 80% of the MOD’s largest and most complex equipment projects and supporting more than 88,000 jobs.
When our Armed Forces are involved in conflict, as they have been in Iraq and Afghanistan, teams have worked under immense pressure to negotiate contracts for urgently needed equipment to the front line.
And it’s an exciting time with technology development dictating we now have to work with industry to examine innovative developments in the world of robotics, cutting-edge radars and laser weapons.
DE&S CEO Sir Simon Bollom said:
“I’m incredibly proud of the diverse workforce at MOD Abbey Wood who are committed to supporting our Armed Forces.
“It’s a very exciting time in Defence and we are enjoying the challenge of working with industry to innovate and deliver cutting-edge equipment at pace to stay one step ahead of our adversaries, while also delivering best value to the taxpayer.
“With so many interesting roles, opportunities and projects available, including apprentice and graduate programmes, I truly believe MOD Abbey Wood is one of the very best places to work in the region.”
Leader of South Gloucestershire Council and Cabinet Member for the Local Economy and Devolution, Cllr Toby Savage added:
“Abbey Wood is the largest employer in South Gloucestershire and is a valued asset to our district, bringing thousands of high-skilled jobs and contributing to our vibrant local economy.
“We are proud of the many years of history that the MOD has here in South Gloucestershire, with many employees living in the area and being integral to our local communities.”