GREEN News Government go-ahead for £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor THE building of Britain’s first nuclear plant for a generation will go ahead after the UK government gave the £18 billion Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset the green light. After a thorough review of the project, Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed construction of the reactor – which is expected to provide seven per cent of Britain’s electricity for 60 years – will go ahead following “new agreement in principle” with EDF, the French energy firm building the plant. Backed by investment from China’s nuclear group CGN, the Hinkley Point C site will host two nuclear reactors capable of producing enough low carbon electricity to power around six million homes with the first electricity expected to be generated in 2025. Its construction is expected to create around 26,000 jobs and apprenticeships. Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: “Britain needs to upgrade its supplies of energy, and we have always been clear that nuclear is an important part of ensuring our future low-carbon energy security.” n 33 Green News O’Brien Contractors receive Green Apple sustainability award FOR the second time in three years, O’Brien Contractors has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability with a coveted award. The civil engineering and groundworks specialist received the bronze accolade at the International Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage 2016. Lining up against some much larger companies, including Kier Construction, Carillion/Morgan Sindall JV and Skanska, the prestigious title was awarded for “clearly demonstrating a drive towards sustainable development.” The judges also singled out O’Brien’s management for “choosing to invest and diversify the business during the recession while starting to feel the pinch, resulting in strong financial results during the past six years.” This enabled the specialist to invest in key areas of the business, including training and apprentices, providing young people with a career path in construction and upskilling current employees by providing them with 3.78 training days on average; and £4.4m in plant and equipment, to push environmental and efficiency savings across projects. Peter O’Brien, managing director at O’Brien Contractors, said: “This award highlights the benefits we bring to the region and our customers by implementing best practices benchmarked against environmental, quality and health and safety performance. We are thrilled our commitment to sustainable development has been recognised with an award.” n Artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C Award-winning O’Brien Contractors team celebrate COVERING EVERYTHING AT THE P&D SHOW YOUNG ROOFING OLYMPIANS Construction industry specifiers, contractors and designers can see the latest innovations in the painting and decorating sector at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry next month (29th/30th November) Now in its 22nd year, the National Painting and Decorating Show will be the biggest and best yet; the show will again be buzzing with plenty of new product launches, live demonstrations and a full timetable of free Masterclasses in two ‘open area’ theatres. Covering every category in the fast changing decorating sector, this busy two-day event will feature the products, materials, tools, tips, techniques, textures, colour trends and decorative effects required by all involved in new build and refurbishment works. Pre-register for advance FREE tickets at www.paintshow.co.uk SEEK GOLD AT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION Four outstanding young roofers from around the United Kingdom will be heading to Poland this coming October to take part in the bi-annual World Championship for Young Roofers, organised by the International Federation of Roofing Contractors (IFD). This year the competition is being hosted by the Polish Roofing Trade Association, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Dekarzy (PSD). Through this international competition, the IFD aims to harmonise professional roof training, raise the profile of training to the public and create a common international message to promote the standards of skilled young roofers. The competition itself covers the three major roofing disciplines; Flat, Pitched and Metal and Team GB will be aiming for gold in Flat and Pitched. Livia Williams, NFRC Head of Training, commented: “The upcoming World Championship for Young Roofers is a great opportunity for the UK to showcase excellence in craftsmanship skills in pitched and flat roofing on the international stage. For all the latest on Team GB head to www.facebook.com/TheNFRC or follow #IFDTeamGB.
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