The southern hub of the government flagship National College for Nuclear (NCfN), designed by Austin-Smith:Lord and built by Midas Construction at Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Cannington Campus, is a stunning new centre focused on the development of new and innovative curricula to support UK’s nuclear renaissance, with particular reference to the specialist skills required to deliver the nuclear new build at nearby Hinkley Point C.
The £9.3 million project features two buildings across two storeys and a basement, connected by an enclosed link bridge. Its 2800m2 of internal floor area comprises virtual reality suites, simulation control rooms, and other training spaces for technical and professional education. A double height, large, flexible workshop in the corner of the building houses an access crane and mock reactors to replicate a nuclear working environment, while a large glazed sloped façade serves to animate workshop activity.
Alongside sits a welfare and recreation centre with gymnasium, learning resources centre and social study spaces, with staff areas and a boardroom also included.