Plugged in - Spring 2018
Latest updates on the Hinkley Point C project and our continued work within the community from our site construction director.
Welcome to the Spring edition of Plugged in; it’s full of news about what is happening on the Hinkley Point C project. My top priority continues to be safety, with constant reminders to our workforce of the risks on-site and how they should avoid them. Activity is ramping up with over 3,000 people now on-site.
We have already excavated 4.5 million cubic metres of rock and earth, most of which is now in the Holford valley, avoiding the need to remove off site and limiting traffic on the local roads. We are now starting on the deep dig prior to the tunnel boring machines beginning their work later this year; learn more here.
Work on the network of underground galleries that will hold all the pipework and electrical cabling is coming along well and over 100,000 tonnes of concrete has already been poured. The third of four concrete batching plants is currently being commissioned.
The pre-stressing gallery (featured and explained here) surrounding the base of reactor one is well on track, as are the foundations for the 760 m long sea wall and the jetty, which is due to be completed in the autumn.
Over 10,000 people have now registered with the Hinkley Jobs Service Talent Pool, putting them first in line for support, guidance, vacancies and exclusive careers fairs. We have helped to create around 200 apprentices on the project to date and work continues to alert local suppliers to the contracts that support everything from precision engineering to clearing mud from the footpaths.
The park & ride at Junction 23 is now complete and forms part of my strategy to continually bear down on anti social fly parkers. The new traffic lights on the M5 roundabout are also complete and will help to control traffic flow, particularly our HGVs, in the years ahead. I am very aware that the temporary increase in the number of HGVs, until the Jetty is ready, is not welcome and I would like to close by taking the opportunity to thank local people for their patience and forbearance as we deliver the necessary material to this massive national infrastructure project.
Rob Jordan, Site Construction Director
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