Berkeley MiniStores ILW Management Project

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Google+
  • Email
Project PDF Query Form
Name *
Email *
Enter keyword specified in image

The objective of the Berkeley MiniStores ILW Management Project is to retrieve all Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) from Berkeley site and repackage into Ductile Cast Iron Containers (DCICs) for long term safe storage.

Over the past four years Atkins has provided a multidisciplinary team of engineers and specialist technical experts to Magnox to enhance their on-site technical capability and deliver packages of design work on behalf of the client to guarantee the most appropriate technical solutions are developed and implemented.

Atkins' support has covered a wide spectrum of skills and expertise including civil, geotechnical, mechanical (both handling and M&E), environmental, waste management, process, electrical, control and instrumentation, town and country planning, radiological assessment, DSEAR and specialist fire advice.

The key challenge on this project was to ensure that the technical solutions were appropriate for a nuclear decommissioning project with complex radioactive waste streams, but where the aim has been to keep the design simple.


  • easyJet, the largest airline at Gatwick Airport, commissioned Atkins to help optimise its operations. We worked closely with easyJet to review their current activity which spans Gatwick’s North and South Terminals, as well as all six piers, with a view to optimising operations into a single terminal.

    In addition to developing a number of strategic options that would increase airside capacity and maximise pier-served stands, we also undertook option assessments which encompassed airside planning, taxiway and stand design, and enabling works including relocation of existing operational facilities and access routes.

    This was followed by a commission to develop the preliminary design for the preferred option, including an indepth ground services survey for the airside reconfiguration followed by detailed stand designs.

    UK ,

  • Atkins supported the criteria development and the assessment of suitability and risk for future site selection of nuclear power stations. Criteria based on issues such as environmental constraints, seismic risk and population demographics are being mapped out using geographic information systems (GIS) to inform the development of discretionary and exclusionary criteria for assessing potential sites for new installations.

    Atkins collated large amounts of geospatial data for the UK from various national agencies. The data was processed, combined and integrated into a GIS. The GIS allows for varying criteria to be tested and to model the outcome for suitable sites. In addition, the Atkins team supported the data collection for the strategic environmental assessment on the proposed National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation.

    UK ,

  • ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is the world's largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor in southern France which aims to deliver nuclear fusion on a commercial scale, offering safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy.

    ITER is the next step in one of the world's leading energy research programmes, and is bringing together the largest nations in a quest to harness nuclear fusion to meet mankind's future energy needs.

    Since 2010, Atkins has been architect engineer, in partnership with engineering giants Assystem, Egis and Empresarios Agrupados, as part of the Engage consortium. The consortium is in charge of delivering 39 buildings and associated infrastructure for the ITER project, including the 50 x 200m Tokamak complex.

    The 200-strong integrated team of experts from our Energy and Infrastructure businesses are working together to ensure fusion experiments begin on schedule to help meet the challenge of not only decarbonising but also increasing the world's energy supply.

    Engage is responsible for supporting the procurement process and construction planning and supervision for the buildings including service and site infrastructure. The scope of work also covers all disciplines of design:

    • Preliminary design
    • Tender design
    • Construction design for nuclear buildings

    On the project, there are several types of confinement and shielding doors all with seismic withstand capability, including:

    • 46 remotely controlled port cell doors, with confinement and shielding (up to 350mm thick steel equivalent) with an opening size of four metres by four metres
    • 12 remotely controlled lift lobby doors with an opening size of four metres by four metres
    • In excess of 600 manually operated doors with shielding, confinement and water pressure requirement with opening sizes up  to 1.5 metres wide by 2.4 metres tall.


    To find out more about the ITER project, visit the F4E and ITER websites. Discover more about the science behind nuclear fusion, the European contribution to ITER, the move towards sustainable energy, and the future for fusion energy here.

    Watch videos of construction milestones, updates of what is happening on site, and find out more about the technology being used at ITER on F4E's official YouTube channel. And, keep track of progress on site on Flickr.  

    France ,

  • A UK critical national infrastructure energy company wished to secure its Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and SCADA from this potential threat. They particularly wished to understand which ICS information was available in the public domain that could be obtained by a potential adversary.

    Atkins was appointed to undertake an open source vulnerability assessment on behalf of the client, thanks to our deep knowledge of ICS security.

    We undertook an analytical investigation using mainstream media, blogs, social media, sector-specific journals, academic material, web 2.0 and industrial sector websites. Each threat was assessed and recommendations were proposed to both reduce the open source footprint and mitigate against the risk. Our assessment was divided into various categories, including mapping, social media, ICS, and outward-facing IT architecture.

    To illustrate the increased threat to ICS to the client, freely available tools were used to demonstrate the identification of networked control systems, their vulnerabilities and how they might be exploited.

    As a result of our assessment, our client’s new understanding of the potential threats to their ICS and adoption of our recommended mitigation measures has helped to improve security and safety for their company.

    Our vulnerability assessment ensured our client’s corporate risk assessment process was more effective and allowed them to take a more considered stance on mitigation and planning for attack.

    Our assessment also identified a number of vulnerabilities in critical systems that they were subsequently able to patch, helping to protect both revenues and shareholder returns.

    Given our client’s status as part of the nation's infrastructure, our work also contributed to reducing the risk of disruption to services across the region.

    UK ,