The firm is creating hundreds of new jobs at its headquarters as it boosts its team to around 400 people, to be followed by thousands in the construction and operation of nuclear power stations in North Wales, and later, in Gloucestershire.
The company, formed in 2009, is behind the development of nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and near Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire. Horizon will eventually employ up to a thousand people at each of its power station sites once operational, with a peak construction workforce of up to 6000.
Horizon currently employs 150 people but is rapidly recruiting at a rate of around 100 people per year as its projects gather momentum. The new headquarters will be available from 2016.
Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer of Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Horizon is growing quickly. Our activity continues to ramp up and we’re developing an organisation capable of delivering large-scale, complex, infrastructure projects.
“These first-class headquarters demonstrate the commitment of Hitachi and Horizon to establishing the resources and infrastructure needed to support this exciting multi-billion pound programme.”
This is the latest in a series of significant developments for the company. In December, Horizon signed a co-operation agreement with the Treasury, designed to support project financing, and a series of “framework contracts” with major UK based engineering companies. In January, the “UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor” technology proposed for both sites moved to the second of four stages in the Government’s “Generic Design Assessment” regulatory process for new nuclear reactors in the UK.