First instructed by Host in 2016: Two years after Hinkley Point C was fully launched, the scale of construction and progress has been revealed by the release of new photographs and film footage of the project. More than 3,200 people are now at work building the new nuclear power station in Somerset. The project is on track for its next major milestone in 2019 – the completion of the 4,500 tonne concrete platform on which the reactor buildings sit.
The project is also setting its sights further ahead with preparation for the MEH phase (Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC – heating, ventilation and air conditioning). Four major UK contractors signed the “MEH Alliance” to work together on the complex installation of cabling and pipework in the power station’s 2,500 rooms. The innovative approach means that Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock will pool their expertise to work as a single entity. The alliance aims to create new industrial capacity and jobs by manufacturing specialist pipework in Britain.
Hinkley Point C Managing Director, Stuart Crooks said: “Everyone working on the project should be proud of what they have achieved so far. Unions, contractors and suppliers are successfully working together with a complete focus on quality and safety. Innovation and experience from other projects is helping us boost productivity and get ready for the next stages. I am also proud of the positive impact that Hinkley Point C is having on the SouthWest. We are determined to create a positive legacy here for people, communities, jobs and skills.”
Clarke Willmott commented “The project is certainly having a positive impact in the region with £1.3bn worth of contracts already awarded. At Clarke Willmott we have been actively building our expertise to support individual companies and consortia in the region with their efforts to successfully bid and help deliver contracts related to the building of Hinkley Point C.
We are delighted that the first accommodation campus was opened in the summer. By the end of the 2018 the second campus will be operational and overall it will house circa 1500 workers making it the second largest hotel in Europe. Over the last few years Clarke Willmott have supported and acted for a Somerset based consortium creating a four company joint venture called Host 2 Ltd, who have successfully been awarded an eight year circa £150m contract by NNB Generation (HPC) Co. Ltd and will be working with 16 subcontractors, many of which will be in the South West, This accommodation contract is just one of several major contracts Clarke Willmott have successfully advised on and continue to support in the building of Hinkley Point C.”