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Essex nuclear power station cladding project announced

12 September 2011 No Comment

A £22 million project to attach cladding panels to the exterior of a nuclear power station in Essex has been revealed.

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The huge initiative will see 34,000 square metres of metal cladding added to the Bradwell facility, which is located on the Dengie Peninsula, at the mouth of the River Blackwater.

Built in the 1950s, the nuclear power station was decommissioned in 2002.

New cladding for existing building

According to Construction Enquirer, the new cladding will be fitted after a steel frame is created over the top of the existing reactor buildings, boiler house and circulator hall.

The news provider explained that this will allow the structure to be left for decades while the residual radiation decays, with a weather-proof shell due to be installed on top.

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It noted that this will require several sections to be demolished, including the previous cladding. The new cladding will be used to “encapsulate” the radioactive facility. Not only nuclear facilities benefit from cladding, with Build.co.uk recently reporting how the Berkshire boarding school Wellington College recently used the timber equivalent of the material to make a new sports pavilion more durable.

The educational establishment’s bursar was reportedly very keen for the results to be aesthetically impressive, but also require very little aftercare.

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