By 24th June 2019Awards

Caledonian, along with project partners Laing O’Rourke and EDF Energy, have all jointly won Construction Excellence South West Offsite Project of the Year.

The South West Built Environment Awards (SWBEA) bring together and celebrate excellence within some of the leading construction companies in the industry.

Judges at SWBEA chose the joint entry between Laing O’Rourke, EDF Energy and Caledonian Modular for the work carried out in delivering high quality modular accommodation for workers at Hinkley Point C.

Caledonian was awarded the £55m contract to manufacture and supply 1,496 accommodation modules for key workers at the new nuclear power plant in Bridgwater.

The modules were supplied to main contractor Laing O’Rourke, which provided the infrastructure works, creating a modular ‘new town’ for EDF Energy, the client, that houses 1,496 construction workers.

Each module was delivered to site 96% complete, with all en-suite rooms fully fitted-out. This enabled Laing O’Rourke to propose a workable solution to EDF that achieved the 51 week timescale. The accommodation modules were equivalent to a 3-star hotel and Caledonian completed manufacture and supply to Hinkley in Bridgwater four weeks ahead of schedule.

SWBEA judges commented on how the largescale workers’ village sets new standards in site facilities and is considered to be the largest hotel-style development in Europe for 25 years. Along with the modular accommodation blocks, the design incorporates amenity buildings comprising a reception, restaurant, retail, internet room, bars as well as sports and leisure facilities.

The judges also commended the project for delivering the accommodation solution in just 51 weeks, reducing site management and facilities costs, which is estimated to have saved up to 50% or more compared with traditional forms of construction. The Caledonian modules meet all current building regulation requirements including testing with international fire consultants, which demonstrated that each individual room would contain a fire for the required one hour.

Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer at Caledonian Modular, said: “We are delighted to be recognised in these awards alongside Laing O’Rourke and EDF Energy. The fast-pace of this project has been achieved through a carefully coordinated offsite solution between all parties involved.”

In being past of creating a new offsite town at HPC, Caledonian is ahead of the game in their approach to project delivery – work in its factory started at the same time as the site was being prepared, so the two processes took place in parallel, resulting in a saving of at least two months.  This had a knock-on effect in a reduction in waste, as well as the reduced impact of construction activities on-site, such as noise, ground disturbance and vehicle movements.

While the Bridgwater Campus was designed to last for the 10-year duration of the work at HPC, all Caledonian’s housing modules are designed for at least 60 years.

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