Hinkley Point C has welcomed the arrival of the very first offsite accommodation units which will house workers on the Somerset site.
At peak construction Hinkley Point C (HPC) will require around 5,600 workers. Two thirds of these will rent privately in the region or be home-based, with the remainder accommodated in a purpose-built Bridgwater facility. A 500-bed campus is also planned south of the construction site proper.
Principal contractor Laing O’Rourke previously appointed Caledonian Modular to the £50M campus project, and Caledonian’s recent delivery has kicking-off the next phase of works. The initial accommodation units rolled off a factory production line last March and are being delivered to Somerset 96% finished and ready for rapid completion.
Each 34-bedroom block will be completed on-site within eight weeks of delivery. 15 blocks will be dispatched to Hinkley and a further 29 to the offsite campus at Bridgwater. The benefits of modular construction include the reduction in time needed in comparison to traditional builds, assured levels of quality, and minimal environmental impact, both on-site and within the wider Bridgwater region.
“I am pleased to see the first accommodation units arrive for HPC on schedule, showing the progress we are making on the site,” said Nigel Cann, HPC Programme and Construction Delivery Director. “We have worked hard to make sure that the impact on the community is a positive one but are mindful that the accommodation units needed to arrive on time so that we did not affect local B&B accommodation for visitors to the area.”
Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer at Caledonian Modular, added: “The investment we have made in our production facility and dedication of all our staff means that we are on schedule at Hinkley Point C. We are delighted to have delivered the first accommodation suites to site, with the others now following in quick succession.”