Hinkley – what is effectively a ‘new town’ in just 51 weeks, comprising nearly 1500 en-suite bed spaces, has resulted in Caledonian being shortlisted in this year’s prestigious Construction News Specialists Awards.
The judging team shortlisted Caledonian in the Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor for its delivery of the strikingly-designed campus accommodation for 1,496 key workers at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Bridgewater.
Caledonian’s achievement at Hinkley – creating a new town and with accommodation modules being handed over in just 6 weeks from delivery to site – is something that social housing providers and private developers should take note of when looking for a solution to the UK’s housing shortage.
The accommodation modules were delivered to site 96% complete, ready for rapid commissioning. Each 34 bedroom block was completed on site within just 6 weeks from delivery. The modules were arranged in three-storey blocks at Hinkley, although Caledonian’s innovative modular building system allows up to 10 storeys with a pre-engineered fire compliant solution.
The Construction News judges recognised how Caledonian adopted an innovative and striking modular building design at Hinkley, which had to work around strict site constraints, whilst incorporating a range of recreational facilities including reception, restaurant, retail, internet room, bars, TV rooms and gym facilities.
Competing with an international supply chain to win the contract with Laing O’Rourke, Caledonian successfully complete Phase 1 in May 2018. Phase 2 was completed July 2018.
The modules were manufactured by Caledonian at its Newark factory and delivered to HPC in Bridgwater.
This ability of Caledonian to consistently deliver the Hinkley modules – the project was completed 4 weeks ahead of schedule – was possible because of the company’s innovative modular building system, strong management team, and use of BIM, design for manufacture and assembly (DMFA) and lean manufacturing techniques.
Benefits include assured levels of build quality, shorter build schedules, reduced working at height, less traffic to and from the site as well as ongoing building efficiencies and low maintenance.
Caledonian’s strength as an organisation was recognised by the judges – the company was able to manage the £55m Hinkley contract, whilst continuing to service existing construction projects, and ensure business sustainability when work was completed by securing other large contracts
Over the last few years’ Caledonian has achieved significant growth and now has a turnover of over £50m. The aim is to double this by the end of 2019 and notable recent project wins mean the company is on track to achieve this.
Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer of Caledonian Modular, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted alongside an impressive group of companies who all serve the construction sectors. The award will help us raise awareness of what has been achieved at Bridgwater, and spread the word that our modular buildings provide a proven solution to the UK housing crisis.”
The final of the Construction News Awards will be held 27th March 2019 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
For more information on the awards, visit: https://specialistsawards.constructionnews.co.uk/