We’ve been offering Hinkley Point accommodation to our guests for the past 15 years and thought it would be a good idea to go down and see what they are doing down there. So we booked onto one of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) tours offered by EDF.

HPC

HPC

The tour starts at the Bridgwater office in the centre of the town. Security is tight with passports needed and random metal detector checks to make sure that you’re not taking anything you should be on to the site.  We then had a presentation about the project with amazing facts and figures; 3 million tonnes of concrete, 20,000 trees planted, 25,000 jobs, 1,000 apprenticeships … and Europe’s biggest construction project.

We were then taken to the site by bus. The area covered is enormous – the usual conversion into football pitches, which we can’t remember. The site is a city in itself; accommodation blocks, catering facilities, sports grounds, all to service the 3,100 workers currently on site.

The construction initially looks chaotic, but so does any construction site. However, on closer inspection, things work very well. Deliveries are computer controlled to keep traffic flowing, vehicles follow designated route around the site, a new jetty will allow aggregate to be brought in by boat and a railway was being built to move the world’s biggest crane.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip round HPC and now understand more about it. So, if you are working there and don’t fancy the Travelodge or the new  Mercure (£100 tonight and paid parking) then we would love to have you come and stay with us (£65 tonight with free parking).

Ian & Lynne, The Old Cider House