08 May 2019

National College for Nuclear (Southern Hub)


Project Details

Customer: Bridgwater & Taunton College

Value: £7.1 million

Duration: 56 weeks

Completion Date: Feb 2018

Contract Type: JCT Design & Build 201

Procurement Type: Competitive tender - 2 stage

GIFA: 2,690m²

Framework Agreement: SCF



  • Winner ‘Project of the Year (over £5m)’, 2018 Michelmores Property Awards
  • Winner 'Education Project of the Year', 2019 LABC Awards
  • BREEAM Excellent

  • CCS Score average: 41

  • Won ‘Best Educational Building’, 2018 Somerset Building Control Partnership Awards

  • Won ‘Digital Construction Project/Initiative of the Year’ 2018 Constructing Excellence South West Built Environment Awards

  • Shortlisted for ‘Education Project of the Year’, 2018 Michelmores Property Awards

  • Nominated for the Civic Trust Awards 2019

  • Nominated for ‘Best Education Project’, 2019 LABC South West Building Excellence Awards

  • Delivered 408 waged training weeks

  • Diverted 98.9% of waste from landfill


Project Summary

Customer Brief:

To meet the growing needs of the UK’s nuclear sector, the client appointed Midas to deliver a flagship training centre offering classrooms, simulators and practical training facilities. The college required state-of-the-art educational spaces including virtual reality (VR) and reactor simulator suites, computer labs, training classrooms and workshops; and the campus needed to provide staff facilities, a gymnasium, social area and changing amenities.



  • The construction site could only be accessed through the live campus.

  • It was essential that the live college had uninterrupted service provision and campus access during term times.

  • The client required the project delivered to BREEAM Excellent.



  • To safely manage site access through the operational campus, Midas worked with the college during the preconstruction stage to agree management of site access and to agree suitable delivery times and sizes with a strict delivery protocol, including employing a full time gate controller. At the start of the works the team erected Heras fencing to low risk areas and solid hoarding at high risk areas. During the construction stage Midas carried out site weekly logistic meetings with the client and liaised frequently with the college staff, programming works to their convenience to mitigate disruption and maintaining a positive working relationship.

  • Midas ensured the college had continuous services and undisturbed, safe campus access for staff and students by completing infrastructure and service works during weekends, with works involving disconnection of the power completed outside of the college’s operational hours. Midas maintained access and egress through the campus and confirmed quiet periods with the college, planning noisy works outside of exam times and keeping them to a minimum. The team completed all high-risk works during college holidays.

  • The project successfully achieved BREEAM Excellent through measures including: installation of 52 roof mounted solar PV panels with an area circa 300m²; fitting of energy efficient lifts; formation of bicycle storage; use of eco site cabins with EPC ratings; diversion of 98.9% of waste from landfill; and recycling 97% of materials. Midas minimised disturbance of the live campus and achieved credits towards the BREEAM Excellent certification by appointing an acoustician to carry out acoustic testing for plant noise levels.


    Added Value:

    Midas offered the customer £872,441 (12.7%) of best value savings at preconstruction with £933,441(13.2%) of savings delivered during the works. Savings include cladding alternatives (with a delivered saving of £183k); review of the M&E (delivered savings of £122k); provision of M&E equipment with an improved lifespan (saving £20k); and review of the RC frame (delivered savings of £98k). The project created 98 jobs for local people; employed a trainee site manager and a subcontractor apprentice; and supported eleven work experience placements. As part of the Employment and Skills Plan requirements Midas engaged with the local supply chain where possible, with one subcontractor located in Bridgwater itself and the majority of subcontractors based in the South West region. Of the total firms Midas employed on the project, 96.9% were SMEs with 35.9% based within 30 miles of travel from the site.


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