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Sustainable construction for nuclear plants

New project office building

Organisation : Sellafield

Building Use : Utilities, Offices

Product : Cabins, Modular Buildings

Location : Sellafield, Cumbria

Requirement :

A new building was required at the Sellafield Nuclear Plant in Cumbria to accommodate around 170 project staff.

The offices would initially be used for the Silos Direct Encapsulation Project - a waste retrieval scheme, and one of the largest construction projects to be undertaken at Sellafield in recent years.

Solution :

Foremans Relocatable Building Systems was awarded the £1m contract by VINCI Construction to provide a fully refurbished three-storey office building.

The use of a recycled and refurbished modular building is highly sustainable, up to 70% faster and provides a cost saving of up to 50% compared to new build.

Delivered to a challenging timescale of just five months from receipt of order, the 2100sqm building will be fully fitted out with new internal fittings and will arrive on site complete with windows, doors, partitions, plumbing and a large proportion of electrics pre-installed.

Constructed from 60 steel-framed modules, the building will provide open plan and cellular office accommodation, a reception area, conference and meeting rooms, kitchens on each floor, toilets and a locker room.

A Sustainable Approach to Construction

The use of recycled modular buildings is one of the most environmentally sound methods of construction. It generates less than 10% of the carbon emissions and uses less than 3% of the energy during construction, compared to a newly manufactured building of equivalent size (source: MPBA/Arup).

It is also highly thermally efficient. In England, tests for air permeability on pre-owned modular buildings are not compulsory. However, in independent tests, Foremans recycled modular buildings have performed up to 80% better than Building Regulations requirements. This means reduced energy consumption, and lower running costs and carbon emissions.

"We needed to accommodate staff during this major construction project, and were impressed with the Foremans approach. It allows us to benefit from the cost, speed and sustainability advantages of recycling and reconfiguring modular buildings."

Bruce Wilson, Programme Delivery Manager at Sellafield


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