UK: Hanson has been part of a new continuous concrete pour record in the UK as part of its work at the EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C (HPC) new nuclear power station in Somerset. It supplied raw materials for the concrete to main civil engineering contractor BYLOR, which operates the on-site concrete production plant. The 9000m3, five-day, pour was to construct the last of five reinforced concrete segments that make up the cross-shaped foundations on which all of the first nuclear reactor’s buildings will sit. The record-breaking pour beats the previous UK record set by the Shard skyscraper in London.
The completion of the foundation platform, which is up to 4m thick, represents a significant milestone for the project, described by EDF Energy as J-zero. It marks the transition from below ground activity to the construction of permanent reactor buildings above ground.
Hanson says that mix design for HPC took three years of development and testing to ensure that the concrete was of the required quality mandated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation. The subsidiary of Germany’s HeidelbergCement has 65 employees directly involved in the HPC project team. To date Hanson has supplied 51,000m3 of concrete, 2.5Mt of aggregates, 210,000t of marine sand, 65,000t of cement; 105,000t of ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) and 125,000t of asphalt.