Exyte Hargreaves have been awarded an independent contract as part of the MEH programme to deliver the design, procurement, manufacturing, assembly and installation of the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems for classified and non-classified areas of the Conventional Island at the new Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station.

The company will design, procure and install the HVAC systems including the Electrical, Control and Instrumentation sub-systems with a volume of the plant and equipment being manufactured in the UK.

The new contract award will create 30 new jobs across the South West as the business which currently employs 260 people in the UK sets out to recruit for project delivery, off site assembly and site based roles.

The Exyte Hargreaves delivery strategy will be based around industrialised processes of construction elements and will be manufacturing and assembling sub-assemblies from its facility in North Manchester and wider collaboration partners.

Founded in 1872, the 148 year old British engineering business based in the North West has over 50 years’ experience in the nuclear industry and specialises in delivering complex HVAC systems and containment for high integrity projects where clients demand exacting standards.

The project will also provide a number of new roles for apprentices in the South West and new training and development opportunities for apprentices on the Exyte Hargreaves Engineering Young Talent Scheme. The scheme provides young people with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills base and confidence – successfully completing their studies whilst gaining valuable experience working across different areas of the business including manufacturing, quantity surveying, project management and project engineering.

Andy Sneyd, Exyte Hargreaves’ Managing Director said ‘we are delighted with the appointment to provide the Conventional Island HVAC systems for the new Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station and continue building our relationship with the Hinkley Point C project. The new contract award will continue to strengthen our position and the new work will create a number of new jobs and development opportunities for apprentices in the UK.’

Simon Parsons, Hinkley Point C MEH Programme Director, said: “In this next major chapter for our project, the MEH phase will join together hundreds of small and large companies from across Britain, creating 1,200 new jobs and 300 apprenticeships. Together we are delivering on our promise to build Britain’s industrial capability by creating new jobs and skills.  Development of a near identical power station at Sizewell C will bring further opportunities for our extensive and experienced British supply chain.”