Local businesses honoured in Hinkley Point C awards
LOCAL businesses were among the winners in the first ‘Excellence Awards’, which were held to celebrate the successes of teams working on EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C project.
Held in Bridgwater’s McMillan Theatre last Thursday, there were 20 award categories focusing on three main themes - people, supply chain and safety, and sustainability and innovation.
Cannington-based grounds maintenance firm Greenslades won the Best Safety Performance award, while Ian Squires of catering partnership Somerset Larder was named as Best Safety Champion.
Ian was credited as being the ‘go to’ man for all health and safety issues and was known for being particularly supportive of new and inexperienced members of staff. Greenslades had looked after all aspects of landscaping at Hinkley Point C from the outset of the project and had even adapted tools to meet the demands of the site, such as remotely operating grass cutting equipment on steep inclines.
The team behind the construction of the Cannington Bypass won an award for environmental sustainability and Bideford-based TCi, which also has offices in Washford and Exeter, won the Gold Ribbon Award for the Best Collaborative Supply Chain Partner.
The bypass team used recycled aggregate for road foundations and included a number of ecological mitigation features including a pond for great crested newts and mammal tunnels. TCI was billed as a “forward thinking company” with a comprehensive training programme, a high standard of work and a proactive waste and recycling policy.
Two awards went to Exeter-based Blackhill Engineering, which was named as the Best Manufacturing Equipment Supplier and Best Local/Regional Business for its role in supplying parts for a temporary jetty at the Hinkley Point C site.
The firm was noted for its flexibility and drive to keep to schedule. Blackhill had also found innovative solutions to technical challenges and had a second-to-none safety record.
The aim of the awards was to give everyone working on the project the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of colleagues by nominating them for awards. The nominations were then shortlisted for the gala awards evening.
“It was great to see so many people from Hinkley Point C’s fantastic team gathered together to celebrate each other’s success,” said Nigel Cann, the project’s Programme and Construction Delivery Director.
“Well done to everyone that was nominated and congratulations to the winners. HPC’s people make this project what it is and I’m proud to be leading such an outstanding team.”
Other awards went to EDF Energy workers and contract partners from Costain, James Fisher Marine Services, Kier BAM and BYLOR.
For more information contact:Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
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 6 million homes, is under construction at Hinkley Point. 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 480,000 customers with over 30% 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.