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13th November 2019

Clarke Willmott Tour of Hinkley Point C

Clarke Willmott in partnership with South Wales Chamber of Commerce along with the Wales Nuclear Forum were delighted to organise a tour of Hinkley Point C on 7th November 2019 for clients, members and those individuals with a strong interest in the construction of the new nuclear power station in Somerset.

The tour was arranged to show business owners and key connections particularly in the Welsh business community the opportunities that are available. Clarke Willmott was delighted that David Eccles from EDF Energy NNB accompanied the tour, giving an up to date insight of how the project is progressing, along with timeframes, pertinent facts and emphasising there are many opportunities for businesses in the region to bid for future work packages.

After visiting and touring the Hinkley construction site, the visiting group headed to the Hinkley HOST campus which provides accommodation services for HPC workers. Kevin McCarthy, Chairman of HOST spoke about their journey, the support received from partners including Clarke Willmott and Somerset Chamber of Commerce, showcasing the HOST facilities. A lovely lunch followed with opportunities for guests to network.

The tour concluded with short presentations focusing on collaboration between Clarke Willmott, South Wales Chamber of Commerce and Wales Nuclear Forum along with a call to action from Sam Evans from the Hinkley Supply Chain to register and update details on the regional supply chain portal www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk to ensure opportunities are not missed.

Zoe Stollard, Construction Partner at Clarke Willmott commented “My last visit to site was just over a month ago and it is clear good progress continues to be made. Without question seeing “Big Carl” the largest crane in the world up close was phenomenal, thoughts echoed by guests. It was fabulous to share the tour with South Wales Chamber of Commerce and Wales Nuclear Forum members as part of our embedded relationship with the Welsh business community. Many people who had not visited the site before were blown away by the scale and complexity of the project.”

Heather Myers, Chief Executive of South Wales Chamber of Commerce said “It is a couple of years since I visited the site and to see the transformation is testament to all those involved with the project. With many Welsh firms already benefiting from the project, the chance of introducing some of our members to the future opportunities at Hinkley was fantastic. I would like to thank Clarke Willmott for organising the tour and demonstrates collaboration at its best and look forward to building partnerships with Partners and staff from Clarke Willmott Cardiff office in the future.”

Clarke Willmott has been active and supportive in the low carbon energy arena for many years, building our expertise to help businesses take advantage of opportunities in the sector and are open to conversation to create relationships. Currently, we act for most site operations consortia at Hinkley Point C, including HOST, alongside supporting businesses engaged in building the power station. We provide a range of legal services from consortia formation and development, NEC3 contract management advice, and business operational support including HR consultancy, banking and finance advice in relation to Hinkley Point C.

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