Kaicer Powers through Hinkley projects
- Project: Hinkley Point C and Bridgwater A Campuses
- Client: Laing O’Rourke Construction Limited
- Value: c. £3m
The first in a new generation of UK power stations, Hinkley Point C in Somerset will provide low-carbon electricity to approximately six million homes. Working closely with our client, Laing O’Rourke, Kaicer delivered its full Building Envelope package to two new amenity buildings and water tank buildings which will support construction activity on the nuclear reactor site.
Kaicer’s Building Envelope solution provided roofing, façade cladding, rain screen cladding, curtain walls, and roof lights. Our work also included a number of bespoke PPC pressed metal copings, cills, flashings, doors and louvre systems for the two amenity buildings at both the Hinkley Point C and Bridgwater campuses.
The first site was completed in April and was in operation from May, with the second completed in July 2018. Servicing two sites simultaneously was a challenge in itself but the Kaicer teams also had to endure severe weather conditions throughout a very wet winter and spring. Thankfully, the sunshine prevailed and the completed building at Hinkley Point C is now in full use providing canteen facilities and communal rooms to all those responsible for the construction of the main power station.
Kaicer was engaged by Laing O’Rourke in an Early Contractor Involvement [ECI] initiative which promoted collaboration between sub-contractor and client throughout the entire project. This approach ensured that the structural steel frame accommodated our bespoke building envelope design.
Through our robust design programme, Kaicer’s dedicated in-house design team ensured that the multi-product building envelope solution successfully met the requirements of our client’s essential design interfaces.
Roofing and Cladding Experts
The buildings included a Kingspan Top Deck insulated roof, alongside a TATA Trisomet insulated walling system. The Curtain Walling and roof light system were supplied by Hueck. Kaicer’s cladding packages included Euroclad Sinusoidal cladding to the main building and Siberian larch timber cladding to the water tank at Hinkley Point.
Further away from the main site on the Bridgwater campus, the façade was clad in a muted grey pallet of Eternit Natura high pressure laminated panels, interspersed with green and orange rock-clad feature panels to the main building. The Bridgwater building incorporated over ninety punched windows along with a number of features incorporated across both sites including bespoke curtain walling, glazed entrances, roof lights, louvred walls and timer clad water tanks.
The two nuclear reactors being built by EDF are not simply about power alone. The project aims to provide opportunities for local, national and international businesses whilst bringing lasting benefits to communities throughout the South West.