G4S has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by EDF Energy to provide facilities management services at Hinkley Point C in Somerset: the first new nuclear power station to be built in Britain for a generation. In September last year, the UK Government signed contracts with a consortium led by EDF and including China General Nuclear, giving the construction of Hinkley Point C the go-ahead.
This follows the award to G4S in July 2015 of a ten-year contract for the provision of bespoke security services during the construction of Hinkley Point C. G4S provides access control, perimeter security and visitor search and screening solutions, as well as conducting the necessary vetting procedures of on-site contractors.
Now, G4S will also provide facilities management services on this large-scale project, which is set to have 5,600 people on site on a daily basis during peak construction periods. The company is to be responsible for a range of services at the main Hinkley Point C site and its associated satellite locations across a ten-year timeframe.
Facilities services will be provided across the site including at the power station itself and a warehouse being used as a holding depot for all construction-related equipment and materials. G4S is also going to operate several ‘Park and Ride’ sites as well as multiple temporary and permanent offices and training facilities.
Additional services are to be added over the lifetime of the contract, including the management of a large Visitor Centre which will welcome visitors both during construction and once Hinkley Point C is operational. Services will include M&E and building fabrication, general building maintenance, cleaning, waste management, pest control, Help Desk and postal services.
The contract actually began on 1 April 2017, with an 18-week transition period underway to embed all services.
G4S FM and G4S Secure Solutions plan to take on offices in Bridgwater to create a Centre of Excellence for training as well as provide a local recruitment hub. The Centre of Excellence will afford training space to conduct enhanced security officer courses (run by G4S Specialist Training), First Aid training and supervisor instruction specifically for the security contract, as well as catering for all of the training requirements demanded by the FM contract.
Ian Ridgley, G4S FM’s director of critical infrastructure, told Risk UK: “This announcement builds on the long-standing relationship we have with EDF Energy at Hinkley Point C, providing advanced and integrated security for what will be the biggest building project in the UK. We’re pleased to have been chosen to provide additional and vital facilities management services to support the efficient running of the site.”
Hinkley Point C is expected to be operational for 60 years, employing a workforce of almost 1,000 to run the power station, which is set to encompass two European Pressurised Reactors. Once fully operational, the site will provide reliable, low carbon electricity to meet 7% of the UK’s future electricity requirement.