VINCI Technology Centre provides concrete support

VINCI Technology Centre provides concrete support

Cement is an exact science, especially when it’s integrated into the build of a nuclear power station drystore.

VINCI Technology Centre is currently providing expert advice on this topic for the Sizewell B nuclear power station drystore project, in Suffolk, which is being constructed by VINCI Construction UK’s Building East Team.

One of the key elements of this project is the construction of the floor slab, which has a very demanding performance specification.

In order to provide the very best product for the job, Dr Martin O’Farrell and Dr Sarah Denton of the Technology Centre Building Pathology Team delivered a comprehensive review of the mix design, while engineers carried out specialist testing on materials in our United Kingdom Accredited Service (UKAS) laboratories.

Both under our current guise as VINCI Technology Centre and under our forerunner Taylor Woodrow, we have been involved in the nuclear sector for more than 50 years.

One of our most notable achievements was the design and construction of the world’s first commercial nuclear reactor at Calder Hall (now known as Sellafield), as well as the setting up of R&D laboratories to develop the high performing materials required.

We also played a significant role in the construction of Sizewell B nuclear power station where we built and tested a 1/10th scale replica of the pressure vessel.

VINCI Technology Centre continues to provide the specialist knowledge and materials used across nuclear facilities, and looks forward to continuing to do so for the next 50 years.

Published: 08/08/2014


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