[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] An application for preparatory works on YRM’s £10 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project in Somerset has been submitted for planning
Designed for French energy giant EDF Energy, the project is part of an 8-strong wave of new nuclear power stations set to be built on sites earmarked by the government.
Aiming for practical completion in 2018, the current application to West Somerset District Council is for preparatory works only with a further detailed application planned to follow.
YRM, which so far dominates the market for architectural services on nuclear new build in the UK, is designing a series of ancillary buildings on the site thought to be worth up to £400 million.
Staffed by up to 700 people, the campus will feature offices, a canteen, restaurant, visitor centre and logistic facilities.
John Clemow, YRM chief executive, said: ‘We are heading towards an energy gap because existing nuclear stations are being decommissioned and coal fired stations need to be closed due to their carbon contribution.
‘The opportunity at a nuclear power plant is to tackle people buildings, straight forward industrial buildings and intermediate buildings as well. It’s a very interesting range of work and some of it is technically challenging as well.
‘The first two nuclear stations have been awarded and we’ve got them and would certainly want to do more in the UK and US.’
The Hinkley Point C ‘twin reactor’ along with a Sizewell C plant in Suffolk (also designed by YRM) make up the first wave of EDF-backed facilities.
All images are courtesy of EDF Energy and are indicative of the proposed Hinkley Point C project and taken from the company’s Stage 2 consultation