Steve Price, Lancer Scott Account Director at HPC gives the latest news on a project we are delighted and proud to be a part of.

“The project continues to grow and achieve key milestones within a highly complex programme. The sea wall has now been completed having overcome challenging logistics working around the tides and within a narrow platform with limited working areas or laydown. Innovative formwork systems were used and these were key towards delivering the project. The construction involved the placing of over 50,000 cubic metres of concrete to form the 750 metre long sea wall. Precast wave return units were fixed on top along with a number of pedestrian and vehicle access ramps that allow access to the foreshore.

Last week in London, the latest project progress was outlined by Stuart Crooks, the HPC Managing Director. His speech described the following construction achievements so far:

  •  6.6million cubic metres of earth excavated
  • 200km of ground nails placed to support the sides of excavations
  • 500,000 cubic metres of concrete poured
  • 34 cranes, 1.5 million lifts
  • 100m of cooling tunnels dug
  • Over 5,000 workers on site
  • 529 apprentices employed
  • First permanent equipment has been delivered

HPC continues to act as a catalyst for regional socio-economic development. The number of apprentices is a good example of the legacy that HPC brings to the region in upskilling and enhancing the capability of the South West to deliver major projects. Currently 46% of the workforce are living locally and the project has spent over £1.3billion within the region.

The work on the conventional island continues. Here, the focus is on the positioning of the 700 concrete pipe segments that connect the turbine condensers to the cooling water pump houses. On unit 1 this work is well advanced and they will shortly be buried under the turbine hall building raft foundations. Work to replicate this on unit 2 has just begun utilising the experience gained on Unit 1.

The world’s largest crane on site (Big Carl) is now fully commissioned and has started work. In the coming weeks, the first section of the unit 1 containment liner will be lifted out of the pre-fabrication facility and lowered into position on the unit 1 nuclear island. The steel structure is 46 metres in diameter and will weigh several hundred tonnes. Three further ring sections and a domed roof will be needed to form the complete liner.

Work to complete the North Plaza area continues and once complete all staff and visitors will access the site via this new facility. The North Plaza will include the bus terminus so that the area adjacent to the East office can be handed over to construction for the excavation of a large underground utility corridor. The North Plaza will become operational early in the new year.