Sedgemoor councillors tour HPC accommodation sites
SEDGEMOOR District Council members have been given a preview of the new purpose-built accommodation units which are being constructed by EDF Energy to house 1,500 workers for the Hinkley Point C project.
Councillors, including Chairman Mike Cresswell, were given a guided tour of both Sedgemoor Campus, off Bath Road, in Bridgwater and Hinkley Campus at the site of the new nuclear power station near Stogursey.
The first workers are expected to move in this summer.
David Eccles, EDF Energy’s Head of Stakeholder Engagement for Hinkley Point C, said: “Hinkley Point C is already providing huge opportunities for the local area and the project will inject £200 million annually into the regional economy.
“We continue to support the provision of local accommodation and have committed £5 million to the local authorities to increase the supply of suitable housing for local people.
“The two campus sites will reduce pressure on the private rental sector, in particular.”
Hinkley House will have 510 bed spaces, while Sedgemoor Campus will provide 986 rooms.
Some 749 additional bed spaces have been created in Sedgemoor since 2015 through a range of initiatives supported by the £5 million housing fund. These include 180 beds through a lodgings scheme which encourages people to rent spaces in their homes, 88 bed spaces by bringing empty properties back into use and 159 beds through the use of minor improvement grants.
Councillor Mike Cresswell, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, said: “I was really impressed with the quality of the new campus accommodation being built for Hinkley Point workers, both out on the Hinkley Point site and on the Sedgemoor Campus, off Bath Road in Bridgwater.
“The modular construction technique is really impressive and the rooms were well equipped. I particularly liked the proposed landscaping and grounds, which I am sure will make the accommodation seem a little more like a home environment.”
Hinkley Point C will require about 5,600 workers during peak construction. Around two thirds of workers will rent privately in the local area or be home-based.
EDF Energy’s £5 million housing fund also supports the online resource Somerset Homelet, which supports the supply and demand of rental property and Flexible Rent Support which has already provided 202 bed spaces to help the most vulnerable have access to the private rented sector.
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.