Engineering alliance Engineering the Future has published a series of best practice guides for the nuclear new build supply chain and related industries. These guides aim to help industry successfully deliver a new fleet of nuclear power stations by providing accessible information about best practice behaviours to all those involved.

The guides follow an initial report, commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Office for Nuclear Development, which identified five common lessons from past and current projects that could be applied to the new-build programme to help ensure timely and efficient delivery.

Working group member Quentin Leiper said: “The UK market is typified by long supply chains and a high degree of sub-contracting, so creating an awareness and understanding of the unique nature of nuclear construction is crucial to minimising project risks. We hope these guides will ultimately help generate behaviours within the UK industry and supply chains that are conducive to successful project delivery."

The new guides focused on three areas of nuclear construction – welding, concrete and safety culture, with specific recommendations for each. They were developed in consultation with industry and representatives from government, regulators, utilities, the supply chain and industry bodies (see notes for full details).

Mr Leiper added: “These guides are not intended to be standards, codes of practice or contract conditions; they simply capture the experience that exists across industry into one easily accessible document for others to learn from. Going forward it is vital that a mechanism is put into place to ensure we continue to learn from new projects, capturing lessons and sharing them widely.”

The full reports are downloadable via the following links: and

Notes for editors

  1. Lead bodies for the Nuclear Best Practice guides: Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Nuclear Institute, TWI, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  2. The Nuclear Lessons Learned report was produced by the Institution of Civil Engineers, on behalf of Engineering the Future (EtF), which includes a range of engineering bodies such as ICE, RAEng, the IET and the Nuclear Institute. It was supported by the Office for Nuclear Development, and was prepared by the Department of Engineering at Lancaster University.

    The five lessons identified in the Nuclear Lessons Learnt report were:
    - Follow-on replica stations are cheaper than first-of-a-kind
    - Designs should be mature and licensing issues resolved prior to construction
    - A highly qualified design and planning team is essential
    - Sub contractors used must be experienced or taught nuclear-specific construction skills
    - Early and effective engagement with communities is crucial
  3. Engineering the Future (EtF) is a broad alliance of the engineering institutions and bodies which represent the UK’s 450,000 professional engineers. We provide independent expert advice and promote understanding of the contribution that engineering makes to the economy, society and to the development and delivery of national policy. The leadership of Engineering the Future is drawn from the following institutions: The Engineering Council; EngineeringUK; The Institution of Chemical Engineers; The Institution of Civil Engineers; The Institution of Engineering and Technology; Institution of Structural Engineers, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers; The Institute of Physics; The Royal Academy of Engineering.

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