Caledonian, the Newark-based company which won the contract to deliver campus accommodation for workers building the first nuclear power station in the UK for a generation, has completed the construction of the first phase of a major campus development for Hinkley Point C workers.
The Bridgwater Campus is the larger of the two developments, with Caledonian providing twenty-nine accommodation blocks, each offering en-suite rooms for 34 workers. A further fifteen buildings will be located on the Hinkley Point C site providing direct access to the construction zone.
Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C Delivery Director, said: “The campus construction supports our workforce mobilisation strategy and allows us to minimise any negative impact on the local rented and bed and breakfast sector, the campus arrangements will also allow us to optimise our workforce transportation plans. The quality of the campus reflects how we value the contribution and importance of our workforce. We currently have around 3,000 workers on the Hinkley Point C site and expect the first workers requiring accommodation to move in to the site campus over the summer.”
Both campuses present the largest hotel-style development in Europe for 25 years, with 1,496 en-suite bedrooms across 44 individual buildings at the two locations.
With three storeys, the buildings have been sympathetically designed to complement the surroundings, using natural timber and stone-effect cement cladding, providing distinctive yet subtle exterior facades.
Caledonian is manufacturing the modules in Newark, Nottinghamshire, over a 51 week period. The campus accommodation is delivered to site 96% complete, with all en-suite rooms fully fitted-out.
In addition, all external cladding will be applied during the manufacturing process, which will enable each 34 bedroom block to be completed in six weeks once delivered to site.
The project was delivered in partnership with Laing O’Rourke on behalf of EDF Energy. When completed in 2018/19 the workers accommodation will be across two key locations.
The two campuses will provide accommodation for workers during the construction of Hinkley Point C. Construction will take 10 years and when completed the facility will provide 7% of the UK’s electricity.
To find out more about Caledonian’s SMART construction solution, visit: www.caledonianmodular.com.