National College for Nuclear
One of two hubs providing world class training facilities designed to fire the growth of the UK’s nuclear industry, as a result of a partnership between the Department for Business, Industry and Skills (BIS) and nuclear employees such as EDF Energy and Sellafield Ltd.
The hi-tech, specialist training facility is a two storey state-of-the art building
comprising two interlocking blocks which creates a distinctive sculptural architectural form. At the heart of the building are large flexible teaching and learning spaces, a reactor simulator and virtual reality engineering learning facilities. Laboratories over two floors are linked by a feature staircase. We worked closely with the architects Bond Bryan throughout the construction phase.
Social economic development
The social, economic and environmental benefits delivered included:
• Local supply chain: 72% of the total Tier 1 supply chain spend was within the
• Employment and skills: An Employment and Skills Plan was developed at
the outset. The site was used as a location as a National Skills Academy for
Construction training site. 52 apprentice weeks, 18 education activities including
site visits attended by local schools and 19 work placements covering plumbing,
joinery, electrical and construction and the built environment and students
providing guidance were delivered. Support and guidance in relation too
interview skills and CV writing were delivered to students.
• Environment: BREEAM Very Good was achieved. Corridors were minimised
and learning activities showcased through extensive use of internal and external
glazing. Natural daylight and ventilation, and low or zero carbon renewables
technologies were incorporated. This allowed for a 10% target reduction in
operation CO2 emissions.
• Construction waste: 81% of construction waste generated was diverted from
‘The college provides a significant part of the pipeline of talent necessary to ensure the UK can grasp the opportunities offered by this growing and diverse global industry.’ Dr Paul Howarth, Chairman – The Centre of Nuclear Excellence