Photo taken before social distancing measures were in place.

Spotlight on...the Facilities Management team

From managing the fabric and maintenance of the buildings, to making sure they’re clean and safe for people to work in, the Facilities Management team is vital to the running of Hinkley Point C.

Members of the 209-strong team are all local and include fire and electrical safety professionals, maintenance engineers and people in vital cleaning and administrative roles.

Housekeeping alone has 139 team members, who provide a complete cleaning service for the site’s four main welfare buildings and Park and Ride facilities.

Clean and Covid-19 safe

The team helps keep the project running seven days a week. Alongside normal general duties such as routine maintenance checks, it has really stepped up and has been performing enhanced cleaning duties for the past year of the pandemic, sanitising door handles and other frequent touch points four times a day. 

Liz Marshall, G4S Facilities Account Manager, said: “Without us, the site can’t operate. The opportunities for local people are amazing, so we have lots of families working here. People are keen to join the team as they know they will be well looked after. They’re proud to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Bec’s career climb

Originally from Somerset, Bec Cook, Housekeeping Team Leader, kept a close eye out for the chance to join the team at Hinkley Point C. 

“As well as being a housekeeper for a dementia unit, I rode horses semi-professionally and was coming to the end of that,” she said.

“Before the project began, a lot of the better job opportunities would have involved travelling to Bristol, so I was keen to come here where I’ve reaped the benefits of a much more rewarding career. And that includes being able to afford to get on the property ladder.”

In 2016 when she secured the job she’d waited for, Bec and her husband moved to Bridgwater and were able to buy a house. She continued: “We were a team of just 12 back then! But as soon as we came here we were part of a community within a community.

“I absolutely love it here. I’m surrounded by people who are the best at what they do and immersed in a world where people are willing to mentor and encourage my development. 

“I did nothing after my GCSEs. Now I’ve gained a Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management and a NEBOSH Health and Safety qualification. Everyone I’ve come into contact with has supported me. I can’t imagine a more wonderful project to work on or team to be part of and I envisage being here for a long time to come.”

“I’m thrilled to be joint chair of a new initiative to support local charities, called The HPC Way. The project donates £50 per Safe Day, and £3,000 for a Safe Month worked. The first to receive a donation is homelessness charity Arc Inspire.”

Facilities Management team at a glance

  • 209 people
  • 139 on the housekeeping team
  • Operates seven days a week
  • Manage the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 
  • 33 people, including qualified engineers, in the Maintenance department

Facilities Management roles include:

  • Administrative staff
  • Reception and concierge jobs
  • Housekeepers
  • Maintenance
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Fire safety professionals

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