The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has opened its first office building at West Burton in Nottinghamshire to support the development of the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant, STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production).
The building was opened by a member of West Burton’s security team, Rebecca Parry, from Gainsborough, the third generation of Parry family to be employed at the site over the last six decades.
Speaking at the opening event, Rebecca Parry said: “I am very honoured to have been asked to officially open the first STEP building on site. In our family, West Burton is close to all our hearts.
“My grandfather, David Parry, would be extremely proud that our family were chosen to help celebrate the opening ceremony and in turn I’m so delighted that my daughter Erin can see what our family have achieved through the decades. I hope it inspires her for her future career.”
Rebecca was joined at West Burton by her five-year-old daughter, Erin, who attends a local primary school in Gainsborough, along with her father, John Parry, who worked in the control room as part of the operations team. Her grandfather, David Parry, helped to build the site in the 1960s.
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