Structural Soils is a lead supplier to the nuclear sector. We have worked extensively on proposed nuclear new-build developments and nuclear sites undergoing decommissioning for a wide range of clients including EDF Energy, Horizon Nuclear Power, British Energy and Magnox at more than eight nuclear licensed sites across the UK.
Since 2008, we have undertaken preliminary and main/intermediate phase ground investigations for EDF Energy at Hinkley Point in Somerset and for Horizon Nuclear Power at Wylfa on Anglesey. The contract value of these contracts ranged from £100,000 up to £8 million. The opportunities provided by these high-profile contracts have allowed Structural Soils to make huge leaps in terms of our technical, quality and reporting standards. Furthermore, the sensitive nature of working on such sites has encouraged us to make major investments in health and safety standards, both materially and culturally. Working with the help of our sister company RSK Radiological, we were the first UK ground investigation contractor to embrace and roll out behavioural safety training to all employees and specialist subcontractors employed on our nuclear sites.
In recognition for our work at Wylfa, Ground Engineering
- Highly commended us for our intermediate onshore ground investigation at Wylfa in 2012
- Awarded us Ground Investigation of the Year 2015 for a detailed onshore ground investigation
- Awarded us Ground Investigation of the Year 2017 for the South Site onshore ground investigation
Undertaking specialist and complex contracts has also enabled us to expand the array of both in-situ and laboratory testing in-house. In particular, it has enabled us to create a specialist and comprehensive in-house geotechnical testing laboratory. These contracts have also helped Structural Soils to further develop and build close relationships with specialist subcontractors, and we are now confident that we can comfortably undertake any testing or exploration methodology that is asked of us.
Our investigations for the nuclear sector include both factual and interpretive reports. Related services include ground investigation, drilling services and geotechnical and geoenvironmental services.
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