Design Support

Better built by Design

We have the expertise to resolve the many design challenges that nuclear power plants involve

Wall reinforcement and embedments will need to be fully detailed to present to the Regulator for approval and implemented exactly as modelled for nuclear related structures.
  
The Generic Design Assessment (GDA) is identifying site-specific design issues such as seismic design, cooling water and compliance with planning consents.
 
We use our substantial design experience and the constructability lessons we have learned on a variety of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities, to improve cost and programme, especially in relation to site-specific designs.
 
Different codes of practice and conversion from British to metric units bring issues we successfully resolved when we carried out the design of Sizewell B.
 
Our highly experienced in-house nuclear design teams number around 300 strong. We designed the complete building and civil engineering works for 13 out of 17 of the British nuclear fleet. We were closely involved in 23 out of 24 of the German fleet and several others around the world.
 
We have maintained and enhanced our nuclear design skills since completion of Sizewell B, the last nuclear power station we designed in the UK, through continuous work on and within other nuclear facilities:
 
  • supporting EDF Energy in the maintenance of its fleet
  • operating in the majority of UK and German nuclear plants
  • advising and designing at major nuclear facilities such as Sellafield
  • participating in industry working groups
 
We resolve site queries and design temporary works and advise on large-scale operations such as the big dome lift at Olkiluoto 3. The use of BIM and 4D modelling now forms part of all design planning and computer models will in future be used with augented reality tools to enhance construction.
 
Concrete is one of the most critical construction materials for nuclear power plants. We are able to provide in-house knowledge in concrete technology implementation for the nuclear sector based on decades of experience. We have particular experience in developing nuclear concrete ‘recipes’ which have the required characteristics to meet the exacting requirements of nuclear structures.
  
We have all the skills required to design new nuclear plants, including:
 
  • Civil & structural design and analysis
  • Safety cases
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • permanent & temporary works design
  • Seismic design
  • BIM and 4D modelling
  • Architectural design
  • Intelligent / informed customer support
  • Environmental compliance
  • Sustaninability assessments
  • Compliance testing & building pathology
  • Collaborative working
  • Concrete recipes
  • Reinforcement and embedments