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Consultancy's nuclear phase moves up a gear

Sue HewishEngineering consultancy Rodgers Leask has entered the next phase of its growth in the nuclear sector.

It has opened an office in Stonehouse, Gloucester, an area that is a vital hub for the nuclear industry.

This follows the creation of the company's nuclear division and the appointment earlier this year of Sue Hewish, who has wide experience in the industry, to head it.

The new office is the fourth in Rodgers Leask's expanding business – it has its headquarters in Mansfield Road, Derby, plus offices in London and Birmingham – and will be the core for the nuclear division as it increases its activities.

Sue said: “I'm very pleased to be setting up this office in Gloucestershire. It is a strategic move.

“The south west is a major area for the nuclear industry because of existing power stations, some of which face decommissioning, and new-build sites. It’s also the home for major nuclear companies, including Rolls-Royce, one of our key clients, which has an office in Gloucester.”

Rodgers Leask shares its new premises with ProNu-Dec, a specialist nuclear consultancy which works with Rodgers Leask to complement its already extensive expertise in the industry and its environmental/geo-technical, structural and civil engineering background to provide full project services.

“Our Stonehouse location means we are on hand to be able to offer support to major nuclear clients and also work with our partners to expand our activities in this significant niche market,” said Sue.
As well as a base for Sue and the nuclear division, the new office also serves as a convenient base for Rodgers Leask engineers working on projects in Wales and the south west.

Originally a chemist in nuclear technology development with an environmental focus on cleaning up sites, Sue has 25 years' experience in her sector.

The projects that she has worked on previously include spending several years in decontaminating milk production in Ukraine and Belarus after the disaster at Chernobyl in 1986.

She was also involved in a study to clean contaminated groundwater at the massive Savannah River Site in the US state of South Carolina which was built to refine nuclear materials.