How do I get a job at Sedgemoor Campus?
If you wish to register your interest in opportunities at the campus, please register your interest online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call a member of the team on 0800 029 4289.
To see positions currently available, please click here.
How do I book a room at Sedgemoor Campus?
The campuses are for Hinkley Point C workforce only and are being managed by HOST. To book a room at Sedgemoor Campus please visit, host-somerset.co.uk.
What accommodation is being built?
We are building campuses in Bridgwater and at the Hinkley Point C site to accommodate workers who move to the area. The Bridgwater campus is the largest of these developments. The site is located on part of a former Innovia factory to the north of the A39 (Bath Road).
The campus will provide living space and recreational facilities for 986 workers within 29 separate accommodation buildings. The campus is designed with an amenity building which includes a canteen, laundry and gym. One full size and two 5-a-side pitches will also be available on the site for use by our workers and members of the public at certain times. For detail, see table below.
When will it be finished?
Sedgemoor Campus will welcome its first guests in late 2018 and we expect it to be operational for the duration of Hinkley Point C’s construction phase. When we no longer need this temporary accommodation the site will most likely be developed for permanent housing by another developer, subject to the relevant planning permission.
After being used for Hinkley Point C, the buildings will be removed but key infrastructure will be maintained for future development. We’ve been working closely with Sedgemoor District Council and the infrastructure we’re developing fits well with their long-term plans for Bridgwater.
Why are you housing workers in Bridgwater?
Some staff have already moved permanently to the area, or commute in. Others already rent locally and about 500 will live on the campus we have built on the Hinkley Point C site. The campus in Bridgwater will temporarily host almost 1000 workers, as it is the nearest town.
Why have you removed the plans for accommodation at Bridgwater and Taunton College?
Our plans have evolved and it’s more efficient if we have a single accommodation campus in Bridgwater. The Planning Inspectorate authorized this change in autumn 2017.
Aren’t the workers going to cause problems?
We don’t expect them to. They will be working hard when on shift and we have provided comprehensive facilities, including sports pitches and welfare facilities, to allow space to relax and wind-down when not working.
Additionally, all of our workers have to sign up to our code of conduct and we expect them to comply with this. If they don’t we’ll take action. We have also developed comprehensive plans to support our workers and neighbouring communities to ensure there is successful integration. The police have additional resource and Sedgemoor District Council have been funded to have an extensive package of community support. You can find out more by contacting Kristy Blackwell at the Together Team on 01278 435216.
Is the site contaminated?
Not anymore. It used to be when the site was formerly a factory, but has been extensively cleaned up by specialist contractors. The Environment Agency and Environmental Health Officers have full visibility of what contamination was removed. If any remedial contamination is identified during the build it will be properly managed.
What are you doing with all the other land you own nearby?
We’re responsibly managing the land we’ve acquired, including Sydenham Manor, the listed building we own. It’s probable that land not required for the Hinkley Point C temporary campus will be sold for residential and commercial development, and we’ll continue to work with the Council to align with their long-term plans where possible for this area. Our core business is producing low carbon electricity.
Is my property being structurally affected by the work being carried out at Sedgemoor Campus or on Bath Road?
1. Works from remediation of the old Innovia site
EDF Energy took ownership and responsibility for the land in July 2014 after remediation of the site was complete and therefore cannot comment on any vibration whilst the works were undertaken. Innovia Films owned the site before us.
2. Piling activity during the construction of the Sedgemoor Campus
In line with good practice, surveys of the closest houses (Jubilee Terrace) were undertaken prior to the piling works commencing, and vibration monitoring was carried out during the works.
To reduce vibration a small piling rig was selected to be used and the monitoring results prove that vibration from site activities was low. British Standards for vibration (BS 5228 Part 4 and BS 73852) establish that these levels of vibration could not cause cosmetic damage to nearby houses, even if they had significant pre-existing defects. At the request of residents, two additional properties on the Bath Road were recently surveyed.
With monitoring results confirming low levels of vibration and nothing evidenced in the surveys that would not be expected in properties of the age/condition in question, our engineers have concluded that nearby properties have not been affected by construction activities from the Sedgemoor Campus.
3. Works on the A39 and grass verge
The works being carried out on the A39 and grass verge cause no more vibration than that generated by a lorry travelling on the A39. It should be noted that vibrations from adjacent works or the busy road will be felt (as explained in BS 73852), however feeling vibrations does not equate to damage being caused to properties.
We are confident that the works being conducted on the A39 are not causing unusual levels of vibration, but vibration monitoring has been initiated and will continue during the remainder of the works to help provide evidence and reassurance.
Will access to my property be maintained during the work being carried out on Bath Road and the grass verge?
Yes - the site construction team will liaise with you to maintain access to your property. The fencing currently situated on the grass verge adjacent to Bath Road is there for the safety of the workers, pedestrians and all road users. This fencing has to remain in place for the duration of the works. Occasionally, fencing maybe extended onto the inner Bath Road. We will remove the fencing as soon as possible on completion of the works.
Will we receive any compensation for the inconvenience that the works on Bath Road and the grass verge have caused?
We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that these works have caused. There are a number of ways in which this inconvenience is addressed:
1. If you feel your property has reduced in value as a direct result of the works being carried out, there are legal protections available to you. You should seek independent legal advice on this matter.
2. Community Funds totaling £20million have been established to mitigate the impact of the HPC project on the local community. Please visit hpcfunds.co.uk to understand how these funds can benefit your area. It is important to note that individuals cannot bid for money but this will need to be done by an established community group, local authority or charity.
3. Funds have already been granted to support the Sydenham Together project and to enhance Coronation Park.
4. HOST’s current plans at Sedgemoor Campus outline the following times and prices for the community use of the sports facilities:
Monday to Friday
13:00 - 14:00 and 19:00 - 21:00
Full size grass pitch: £40 per hour or £60 for 2 hours
Smaller multipurpose games courts: £20 per hour
Saturday and Sunday
14:00 – 17:00
Full size grass pitch: £40 per hour or £60 for 2 hours
Smaller multipurpose games courts: £20 per hour
You can book to use these facilities on the HOST website here.
5. HOST will also be recruiting local residents to work as an integral part of the team to manage and operate the campus. There will be training and career opportunities as part of this.
6. We will of course ensure the grass verge is, as far as possible, restored at the end of the main construction process in line with the approved scheme.
The new lighting on Bath Road is shining into my windows, what can be done about this?
New shields have been installed in order to minimise intrusion into people’s homes. To ensure they meet new safety standards, these shields cannot be altered any further.
When will the monitoring information be publicly available?
This data collection exercise was part 2 of the overall strategy of determining the impacts of the Frederick Road closure on the adjacent service roads. Part 1 was undertaken ahead of the closure of Frederick Road and was an identical exercise to part 2. A further tranche of data collection (part 3) will be undertaken around 3 months post-completion of the scheme. It may also be necessary to undertake a further survey several months after that to enable any trends to be established. The data can be accessed once all parts if the monitoring scheme have been carried out.
It is therefore too early to make any conclusions and share the data. On completion of the data collection, a summary of the survey findings could be shared.
What measures will be put in place for Knowle Road with the increase in traffic?
Monitoring was carried out prior to the works being undertaken and further monitoring has now been taken to capture traffic volume and average speeds. Comparisons will be drawn and action that is felt to be appropriate will be taken.
Following the conclusion of all three parts of the traffic monitoring being carried out by Somerset County Council, an assessment will be made. If changes are required these will be funded by HPC.
Could hatching be painted on the roads at key points such as the Trevor Road junction to discourage illegal parking?
Somerset County Council would be happy to review any proposals, but they would require local County Councillor support. Local residents should therefore liaise with their local County Councillor (David Loveridge). If he is supportive, he will then liaise with the Traffic Engineer for Sedgemoor, Katheryn Tyson to discuss the proposals.
What signage will be put in place to show the change?
All signage has been installed to meet the requirements of highway standards.
Will the development affect the flood risk in the area?
The new drainage plan, which has been designed with and approved by the relevant authorities, will reduce the flood risk to the area.
The drainage arrangements are split into two areas: A. the area of the new campus, and B. the area of the new roadways
A. The area of the campus largely extends over the former Innovia site which had a significant amount of impermeable landscaping draining. The campus drainage has been designed to link in with the drainage masterplan for the area and catch storm water hitting impermeable surfaces such as roads and roofs and allowing it to drain into a new rhyne. This rhyne is 800m long and extends nearly half the circumference of the site. This new storage rhyne will be pumped out to the wider rhyne network.
B. The drainage system that has been approved for the roadways employs a 40m-long storage tank and a flow control devise, storing and slowly letting water into the combined sewer in the Bath Road.
A number of trees have been removed from the area – will these be replaced? What level of screening will be provided?
A total of 21 semi-mature trees are proposed to be replanted along the grass verge, though the precise details of the landscaping plan have yet to be agreed. Additional landscape screening will be provided in the form of an elevated bund on the edge of the campus build. These plans will need to be submitted to Sedgemoor District Council for approval in due course. A provisional draft plan for the replanting can be found here for information.
Have your works restricted emergency services getting to my property?
No - the width of the inner Bath Road meets the legal requirement for emergency vehicles, such as ambulances and fire engines, meaning access to your property is not affected.
Is the air quality outside my property monitored throughout these works?
We can confirm that Sedgemoor District Council’s Environmental Health team have two diffusion tubes to test air quality placed in the vicinity of the works. One that backs directly on to the campus site on the lamppost adjacent to the house that was closest to the previous sports and social club and one at the junction with Parkway. These tubes are changed monthly and analysed annually. The results have been analysed very recently and we can confirm that there are no recorded exceedances in this area. This monitoring will continue as we are required to provide a report to DEFRA each year. Sedgemoor District Council also publish reports on it’s website, this can be viewed here.
Why is the bus stop so large and the grass verge so small?
The original plans provided for an on-carriageway bus stop. However, Bath Road is the A39 and is the main arterial route into Bridgwater from the east. There is therefore a need to ensure that traffic is not held up when buses are setting down and picking up passengers. There is also a risk that the operation of the junction would be impacted if the bus stop were kept on carriageway.
The bus stop has been designed with dimensions sufficient to enable vehicles to exit the A39 and decelerate in a safe manner prior to coming to a stop. The layout will also enable buses to be kept clear of the running carriageway to ensure they do not interrupt the flow of traffic on the A39. The exit taper has been designed to enable buses to merge safely on to the A39.
There is also a need to ensure that facilities for all road users are provided for when new junctions are provided. These facilities must be designed with all road users in mind, including less confident cyclists. Where possible, off road cycle facilities should be provided and a width of 3.5m is recommended to provide for an effective separation between cyclists and pedestrians.
The scheme was therefore adjusted to incorporate these items resulting in the verge being reduced and the hard standing being increased. The current plan here shows the latest design.
Can ‘keep clear’ road markings be painted on Trevor Road to make turning into Inner Bath Road safer?
Somerset County Council is currently reviewing the possibility of doing this. The Council will report back once they have an answer for this.
Can anything be done to improve the road surface on the Inner Bath Road?
A review of the road surface on Inner Bath Road is being carried out by Somerset County Council and this check has also been extended to Knowle Road. Once this inspection has been carried out, if defects are identified, appropriate improvements will be made.
Can we develop a community speed watch in our area or Inner Bath Road and Knowle Road?
Unfortunately, the local police team advises that the area does not provide a safe space for community members to stand an observe traffic speeds without putting themselves in harm’s way. They have undertaken to carry out impromptu visits to the area to monitor traffic speed.