National College for Nuclear, Somerset

Hydrock worked with Midas’ delivery team to provide detailed design on a new, award winning, £6m National College for Nuclear set to help train the country’s next generation of nuclear engineers.

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Hydrock worked with Midas to deliver the mechanical and electrical detailed design for a new National College for Nuclear, which is one of two new nuclear colleges that have been built in the UK.  Hydrock’s team of design engineers was appointed to work on the southern campus development based at Bridgwater and Taunton College in Somerset.

The nuclear industry is expected to need 30,000 new employees over the next decade, and the new college aims to create the workforce of tomorrow by delivering high-level technical training to over 7,000 learners by 2020. 

The college, a partnership between Government and nuclear employers, led by EDF Energy and Sellafield Ltd, is based at The Cannington campus of Bridgwater and Taunton College.  It will be the southern hub of the National College for Nuclear and will work alongside the Northern Hub, based at Lakes College, in West Cumbria.  Both sites are close to major sites of nuclear investment – Hinkley Point C and Sellafield.

Hydrock provided M&E detailed design for the Cannington campus which is a two storey advanced engineering training facility including a reactor simulator, virtual reality suites and workshop and welfare facilities, delivered using BIM to a BREEAM Excellent standard.

It has been funded jointly by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and Bridgwater College, with EDF Energy and Sellafield Ltd providing access to training facilities.