Highlands & Islands

UK nuclear archive at Wick given go-ahead

Artist's impression of archive Image copyright NDA
Image caption An artist's impression of the new archive

A plan to build an archive in Scotland to hold the records from all the civil nuclear sites in the UK has been approved by Highland councillors.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has proposed constructing the centre near Wick.

Records from Dounreay near Thurso and Sellafield in Cumbria would be among those held at the archive.

More than 70 years' worth of information and up to 30 million digital records would be stored.

It has also been proposed that the centre will hold historical documents from Caithness, including papers dating to the 15th and 16th centuries.

The proposed location for the archive is on a brownfield site near Wick Airport Industrial Estate. The site had previously been occupied by the RAF.

The NDA hopes to have the centre built by late 2016.

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