Case Study


National College for Nuclear


Lakes College West Cumbria
Seddon Construction Limited
September 2016
August 2017
Form of Contract
JCT 2011
Delivery Type
Design & Build

One of two hubs which will provide world class training facilities designed to fire the growth of the UK’s nuclear industry. This is the result of a partnership between the Department for Business, Industry and Skills (BIS) and nuclear employees such as EDF Energy and Sellafield Ltd.

The NCfN will offer hi-tech specialist training to meet the skills needed by the nuclear industry. The two storey building will comprise two interlocking blocks to create a distinctive sculptural architectural form. At the heart of the building will be large flexible teaching and learning spaces, a reactor simulator and virtual reality engineering learning facilities. Laboratories over two floors will be linked by a feature staircase.

The design aims to create a distinctive, high quality addition to the existing campus that reflects the national status of the new facility. Corridors are minimised and learning activities will be showcased through extensive use of internal and external glazing. Natural daylight and ventilation, and low or zero carbon renewables technologies have been incorporated. This will allow a 10% target reduction in operation CO2 emissions to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.

Externally a landscaped arrival plaza and pedestrian link will be created between the new centre and existing buildings.  We collaborated with NcFN to agree a 50 week programme which will see the college open in September 2017.

Social Value
• A turf cutting event has been held with the client.
• Work experience will be delivered in plumbing/joinery/brickwork/general construction assisting students to convert qualifications into a NVQ qualification.
• An Employment and Skills Plan was developed at the outset which will see all work packages placed with local subcontractors and suppliers where possible.
• The scheme will be utilised as a location to train apprentices through our National Skills Academy for Construction status.

“The college will provide a significant part of the pipeline of talent necessary to ensure that the UK can grasp the opportunities offered by this growing and diverse global industry.”
Dr Paul Howarth, chairman – The Centre of Nuclear Excellence