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The Aberthaw Power Station in South Wales is building an educational facility to highlight the energy sector’s positive environmental impact.

Affording views over the adjacent Bristol Channel, the completed Centre’s viewing gallery will also allow visitors clear views into the power station to observe how it is minimising the impact of electricity generation on the environment.

“We have always encouraged educational visits to the power station and we believe this centre will improve the quality of those visits,” says Aberthaw Power Station Manager Phil Allen.

The main steel framed structure is based around a 15m tall fin; an architectural feature as well as an area to house energy saving heat pumps. The roof of the fin also accommodates a viewing gallery, accessed via a 9.5m long footbridge from an adjacent embankment.

Either side of the fin the structure extends in two directions, 30m for the west wing and 24m for the east wing. The west wing will house large classrooms, while the smaller east wing will contain a training room and an office. Taking advantage of the Centre’s coastal location, the south elevations of both wings will be fully glazed, opening up the structure to sea views.

Steelwork for the project has been undertaken by EvadX.

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