19 Dec 14

Hinkley Point visitor centre has 20,000 reasons to celebrate 2nd anniversary

It was a double cause for celebration at the Hinkley Point visitor centre in December as it welcomed its 20,000th visitor on the second anniversary of the doors being open to the public.

The interactive centre at Bridgwater's Angel Place shopping centre has proved extremely popular with local people of all ages since it opened, and has developed into a focal point for EDF Energy's community engagement in Somerset.

As well as catering for those interested in nuclear power and visiting Hinkley Point B, the visitor centre brings together different strands of EDF Energy's business. Due to the location there is much interest in nuclear new build and the centre contains a wealth of information on Hinkley Point C and regularly hosts public engagement sessions on the project and future careers.

In November the centre played host to a nationwide campaign designed to change the perception of engineering among young people. Led by Engineering UK, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, was organised to promote the engineering opportunities for young people and to encourage them to become the everyday engineering heroes of the future, with the event attracting over 350 people.

One of the popular initiatives introduced at the visitor centre has been the launch of a service where local customers can drop into the centre and talk face to face with a customer services representative about their tariffs, electricity bills and any questions they might have. This service is available on Wednesdays and the team has helped more than 2,000 people.

Sherryl Clapp, visitor centre coordinator, added: “The first two years have really shown the value of the visitor centre to the local community who have made great use of the facility, either through wanting to know more information about nuclear power or raising a customer query.

“The visitor centre and what it offers has been instrumental in strengthening our ties with the community here in Somerset and we look forward to welcoming our next 20,000 visitors.”

Since opening the visitor centre has also organised 265 external group visits to Hinkley B, including over 5,400 people. The centre has also hosted events involving school groups, community organisations and local emergency services.

For more information contact:

Gordon Bell
Media Manager (South West)
01278 654535
07843 218088
gordon.2.bell@edf-energy.com

EDF Energy in the South West

In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.