News Seddon Begins Work Northern Hub Cumbria’s National College Nuclear

Seddon Construction has started work on a multi-million pound northern hub at the National College for Nuclear in Cumbria.

Located at Lakes College, Workington and forming part of the county’s Centre of Nuclear Excellence initiative, the world-class training facility is one of two purpose-built sites being developed with the aim to train 7,000 people by 2020.

Developer Seddon will build two laboratories, preparation room, a project workspace area, six group room facilities, a digital consulting area and two virtual reality suites.

The northern hub will also benefit from an open reception and heart space learning area with fixed ICT on the ground and first floors, including a café and server area.

Corten and aluminium cladding and curtain walling will be used on the external elevations, with stone cladding in the reception area.

A ground-breaking ceremony took place at Lakes College on Monday and all construction is being completed to a BREEAM Very Good standard.

Ed Wootton, regional director (North) at Seddon, said: “We are working very closely with Lakes College to bring its vision for the National College for Nuclear to life.

“It’s fantastic to see significant investment being placed into training the next generation of highly skilled workers for the UK’s vital nuclear energy sector. The facilities we’re building will help to place education in Cumbria on a world stage.”

Chris Nattress, Lakes College principal, said: “We are delighted that work has begun on the National College for Nuclear facility here at Lakes College.

“It represents a lot of hard work by many people, and we’re looking forward to seeing this superb building complete. The hub will play a huge role in the future of nuclear, both here in Cumbria, and on a national scale, and Lakes College is proud to be a part of it.”

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