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The construction workforce for Hinkley Point C is anticipated to peak at 5,600 workers with 25,000 individual job roles over the life of the 10 year project. The kinds of accommodation sought by the construction workforce will vary between those who will work on the project for a significant period of time and will require permanent housing for themselves and their families and those who will work on the project for periods of months who will typically return home at weekends seeking more temporary forms of accommodation in the local area. To learn more see our Relocation Services page.
The proposed Hinkley C power station is located in rural Somerset, 9 miles from the town of Bridgwater, 9 miles from Williton and 20 miles from the County town of Taunton. It is anticipated that people relocating on a permanent or temporary basis will look to locations within a sixty minute travel zone from the Hinkley Point C site.
Bridgwater will be a popular choice with a significant number of properties for sale and rent. There are a wide range of modern and period properties available in the local area, but choosing a property near the Park and Ride either in North Petherton, or on the new estates near the Motorway has implications if you want to be in the right catchment for the best schools
Properties on the Polden Hills are sought after and away from the flood zones of the Somerset levels, but lie to the South of Bridgwater so will suffer from traffic congestion as the build commences.
Many properties really close to the Hinkley construction site have been secured by managers involved in the early stages of construction in order to live close to the site. These include the nearest rural hamlets of Wick, Burton, Shurton and Stolford. Properties here are popular with staff at the Power Station, because of the easy access.
The next nearest village is Stogursey some 2 miles from the Construction site as the crow flies. Stogursey has a pub, village store, two garages and a Post Office.
Combwich (pronounced Com-itch) has a general store/Post Office, it lies just off the main road to the site and which is about 4 miles away from the C site, but will be close to the, soon to be expanded, Combwich Docks, which will be used for deliveries of Abnormal and wide loads via sea to site.
Other local villages near the construction site include the ever popular villages of Cannington and the picturesque village of Nether Stowey, both having a good range of pubs and facilities such as various Shops, Doctors, Pharmacy and Post Office
Other rural areas on the Quantocks (an area of outstanding natural beauty) have beautiful properties and are generally costly. But as you head further west towards Minehead, the towns of Williton and Watchet have reasonably priced property options with the added bonus of a Park and Ride to be built at Williton.
Construction workers will be required to travel to site by bus, because of planning restrictions. There is a Park and Ride system, currently located at the M5 Motorway junction 24. Once the construction is well underway a new Park and Ride facility will also be constructed at Junction 23, north of Bridgwater. Other options include living nearer the site and using one of the more local bus services (usually minibuses).
Analysis has estimated that local recruitment will account for 34% of the workforce requiring accommodation at peak for 3,700 employees of which local accommodation can cater for approximately 2,200 people. EDF the main developer for the project has therefore committed to building worker campuses in Bridgwater and on-site. The on-site campus will provide accommodation for between 500 and 700 people when constructed with up to 1,000 rooms being provided in the Bridgwater campuses located to the north east of Bridgwater Town Centre.
There are 4 secondary schools in Bridgwater, 5 in Taunton. Most larger villages have a local primary school, but with rising numbers of primary aged pupils in the Bridgwater catchment, finding places in your first choice primary school may soon become more of an issue. There are a good range of Independent schools in Taunton and the Yew Wah School of Shanghai has recently purchased a site near Bridgwater. Top schools will influence house prices in the local and bus catchment areas.
French staff relocating may be surprised to find that rural properties are more expensive than town properties (the opposite is the case in France) and the cost of the property varies so greatly with the desirability of the neighbourhood. Issues that the property might face- for example are being in a flooding zone or having to contend with noise or other local nuisance issues. Local impartial knowledge can be of huge benefit in not making an expensive mistake when buying or renting your house in a new area.
If you are looking to relocate your family to the area, either as a house purchase or long term rental, good independent expert advice will be key to getting the best value for your money and finding the right house for your needs. To learn more see our Relocation Services page.
A2O People Ltd can act as your local agent to help you to secure the ideal property. We provide our clients with independent, objective advice on locations, schools, local services and social activities. We offer a full range of relocation services that include familiarisation tours, education advice, property search and registration with doctors /dentists / utilities. If you have specific requirements we can even use our contacts locally to explore properties not yet on the market.
We can also help businesses by extending the company induction into a broader integration within the community, facilitating social connection and incorporating family support and networking opportunities. This helps new team members to settle-in to their role quickly and productively rather than having to sort out the issues that a move to a new country or location would otherwise bring.
To learn more visit the A2O People website or call us on 01278 732073.
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