Builder and developer, Seddon, has started work on a multi-million pound northern hub for the National College for Nuclear, a world-class training facility for the UK’s burgeoning nuclear industry.
Located in the heart of Cumbria at Lakes College, Workington, the northern hub for the National College for Nuclear is one of two purpose-built sites being developed with the aim to train 7,000 people by 2020.
In order to develop the site, which will form part of the Centre of Nuclear Excellence initiative for Cumbria, Seddon is building:
• Two laboratories and a preparation room
• A project workspace area
• Six group room facilities
• A digital consulting area
• Two virtual reality suites
• An open reception and heart space learning area with fixed ICT on the ground and first floors, including a café and server area
Corten and aluminium cladding and curtain walling will be used on the external elevations, with stone cladding in the reception area.
All construction is being completed to a BREEAM Very Good standard.
A ground-breaking ceremony was hosted by Lakes College on Monday 17th October from 12.15pm to 2.00pm, led by Colin Reed, board chair for the National College for Nuclear. Representatives from Seddon were also in attendance.
Ed Wootton, Regional Director (North) at Seddon, said: "We are working very closely with Lakes College to bring its vision for the National College for Nuclear to life. It’s fantastic to see significant investment being placed into training the next generation of highly skilled workers for the UK’s vital nuclear energy sector. The facilities we’re building will help to place education in Cumbria on a world stage.”
Chris Nattress, Lakes College Principal, said: "We are delighted that work has begun on the National College for Nuclear facility here at Lakes College. It represents a lot of hard work by many people, and we’re looking forward to seeing this superb building complete. The hub will play a huge role in the future of nuclear, both here in Cumbria, and on a national scale, and Lakes College is proud to be a part of it.”
AA Projects, management and property consultant, will be project managing the scheme and providing a range of services including strategic property and funding advice, cost consultancy and health and safety expertise.
The Department for Business, Industry and Skills (BIS) invested £15 million in total to create the college at the two sites in Cumbria and Somerset. The southern base will be located at Bridgwater College, Somerset.
Sellafield Ltd and EDF Energy are leading industry input into the college alongside higher education providers, the University of Cumbria and University of Bristol.