Gleeds secures Hinkley Point C project appointment

Gleeds has been appointed as a preferred bidder on EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C (HPC) project as a provider of NEC contract management services.

The contract is one of the largest energy projects Gleeds has been commissioned to support in the organisation’s 130-year history.

The business anticipates that its Bristol office will double in size over the next three years as a direct result of the contract award, creating up to 100 new jobs. Meanwhile EDF Energy estimates that a total of 25,000 jobs will be created over seven years during the construction of the new power station.

1,000 apprenticeships will be generated at HPC, a recruitment approach that is to be replicated across all appointed construction firms. Gleeds will be aiming for 20% of the new jobs it creates to be suitable for university graduates and apprentices.

Chairman for Gleeds Worldwide, Richard Steer, said: “We’re delighted and excited to be part of a project that presents such a phenomenal growth opportunity for both UK construction and skills development.”

He went onto add: “We’re set to expand Gleeds’ turnover to £220 million by 2020, so this latest appointment gives me confidence in our ability to meet our growth target, as well as even more reason for us to bring additional technical resources into the business.”

The HPC project continues to move ahead, with all parties working with the UK Government so that a final investment decision can be made as soon as possible.