Green light for visitor centre

Youngsters browse around an EDF visitor centre similar to the one planned for Hartlepool
Youngsters browse around an EDF visitor centre similar to the one planned for Hartlepool

HARTLEPOOL power station’s visitor centre has been given the green light.

The new visitors’ centre is due to open in spring 2013 and will give people the chance to see firsthand what happens at the site, as well as possibly creating interest from potential power station workers of the future.

Power station director Simon Parsons said: “I am delighted that we have reached this important milestone in seeing the return of our visitor centre.

“We already have very strong links with our community and this centre will give us a chance to open our doors and show them behind the scenes at Hartlepool Power Station.

“Everyone who works here is proud of their role in producing safe, low-carbon electricity for nearly 2.5 million homes and we are looking forward to being able to show people our power plant.

“And hopefully we will be able to spark someone’s interest in becoming an engineer and joining us.”

Power station bosses say they are committed to becoming more open and transparent with communities and stakeholders and the Hartlepool development is part of a national initiative by EDF Energy to improve public accessibility at all eight of its nuclear power stations across the UK.

The visitor centre will employ a centre supervisor and guides and will normally be open on weekdays. It is expected it will attract between 7,500 and 10,000 visitors each year.

The majority of the tours will be organised for schools and educational groups, specifically school trips for children of 11 years and upwards.

“However, members of the public will be able to attend by appointment

Visitors will be given an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour of the plant.