Balfour Beatty developing 4D BIM design for Sellafield facility


Construction Enquirer are reporting that the joint venture of Balfour Beatty and Cavendish Nuclear have landed the construction of a new silos’ maintenance facility.

Located in Sellafield, Cumbria, the site, valued at £160 million, is currently in the planning phase. Balfour Beatty’s team of architects and engineers are currently using Building Information Modelling to create a 4D representation of the finished facility, aimed to dramatically reduce the time of the construction project.

The £160 million final phase of the project comes after two initial stages of work worth £18 million. The new plant will help enable two current waste silos in operation retrieve waste and reduced hazard.

Balfour Beatty’s Executive Chairman, Steve Marshall commented on the firm’s new nuclear project: “The UK infrastructure market includes significant opportunities for nuclear decommissioning and clean-up activities. Similarly, new nuclear build and the construction of new power generation projects will bring us an opportunity to deploy our extensive experience.”

Work on the mechanical handling space will conclude in Autumn 2017 and at the height of the work, 300 jobs will be created.

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