Don’t Build Kingsnorth

Welcome to the website of Don’t Build Kingsnorth, a campaign to stop the construction of a new round of coal-fired power stations in the UK. We plan to use this site to host all manner of useful resources, so keep checking back for updates.

Why Kingsnorth?  
Kingsnorth is the first in a line of new coal-fired power stations which the government and energy companies are seeking to build in the UK. If built, these power stations will lock us into a future of fossil fuels and unstoppable climate chaos. For example, the new Kingsnorth plant alone would produce 8.1 million tonnes in annual CO2 emissions, exceeding those of the country of Ghana. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can show them that they’ll have a battle on their hands. And if we are serious, we can win.
Although the process is still at the bidding stage, we don’t have to wait until the construction work has begun. In fact this planet can’t afford for us to. It is also likely to be more effective if we act now by focusing on the companies bidding to build the new power station.  

Why the builders?

  • Without their collaboration, there will be no Kingsnorth.
  • The contracts aren’t expected to be agreed before Christmas, according to one bidder.
  • Hitting them now gives them ample time to make an informed decision about whether they want to be involved in this unethical venture, rather than forcing them to break the contract at a later stage – at great cost to both their finances and reputation.
  • Many of these firms have work in other sectors, making it easier to dissuade them. By contrast, E.ON’s money is solely based on power generation.
  • It is easier and a more efficient use of our resources to focus on these firms now rather than waiting until they have made their decision and entrenched themselves.
  • While not as ‘glamorous’ as digger-diving or action against E.ON itself, targeting suppliers can be highly effective, as shown by successes in the animal rights movement. These have resulted in the closure of breeding facilities for lab animals, the abandonment of plans to build vivisection labs, and the severing of contracts between HLS and some to the world’s largest insurance firms and investment banks.

So who’s involved?
Six construction firms are known to be bidding for the contracts to build Kingsnorth.
They are:

  • BAM Nuttall
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Balfour Beatty
  • A Costain/Hochtief joint venture
  • Kier Group
  • Morgan Est.

Why not pick your nearest and pay them a visit? They have offices all over the country, but keeping your attention on their Head Offices can be particularly effective. You don’t necessarily need many people for this – the key is to keep reminding them of how widespread the opposition to Kingsnorth is.

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The companies

Here is the list of construction companies bidding to build Kingsnorth, the addresses of their head offices, and links to actions that various groups have already done:

A – BAM Nuttall:
St James House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3XW
2 actions so far: 5th June  29th June

B – Laing O’Rourke:
Bridge Place, Anchor Boulevard, Crossways, Dartford, Kent DA2 6SN
1 action so far: 2nd Sept

C – Balfour Beatty:
Major Civil Engineering Head Office, 86 Station Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1PQ

D – Costain:
Costain House, Vanwall Business Park, Maidenhead SL6 4UB

E – Kier Group:
Tempsford Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2BD

F – Morgan Est plc:
Morgan Est House, Corporation Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2DW

map of head offices

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Contractor Offices


Kier Western, Warmley Office
The Old Mill, Chapel Lane, Warmley, Bristol, BS15 4WW


Kier Build, Tempsford Office
Tempsford Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2BD


Costain HQ
Costain House, Vanwall Business Park, Maidenhead SL6 4UB

Kier Moss, Newbury Office
Mulberry House, Old Bath Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1QL




BAM Nuttall – Sawston, Cambridge
Waste/Renewable Energy, Unit B, South Cambridge Business Park, Babraham Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3JH Tel: 01223 839679 Fax: 01223 839584

Kier Eastern, Wisbech Office
53 South Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE14 0RQ


Balfour Beatty Construction Nothern Ltd‎
Cavendish House, Cross St, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7BU‎ – 0161 972 7500

Balfour Beatty Rail Signalling ltd
111 Piccadilly, Manchester, Manchester, M1 2HY‎ – 0161 237 1485

BAM Nuttall – Northwich – North West Area Office
Bowland House, Gadbrook Business Centre, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 7TN Tel: 01606 350350 Fax: 01606 351153

Laing O’Rourke Group‎
Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester, Lancashire, M32 0FP‎ – 0161 8865700‎

Morgan Est Regional Office – North West
410 Birchwood Boulevard, Birchwood, Warrington, WA3 7WD


Kier Western, Truro Office
1 Victoria Wharf, Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1QH


Kier Construction – Cumbria office
Acorn Business Park, Chandler Way, Park House, Carlisle, CA3 0JF


Balfour Beatty‎
Derby, Derbyshire, DE21 7ZL‎ – 01332 661491‎

Balfour Beatty Major Projects‎
Fitology House, Smedley Street East, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3GH‎ – 01629 760750‎

Balfour Beatty Rail Projects Ltd‎
Midland House, 1 Nelson Street, Derby, DE1 2SA‎ – 01332 262666

Balfour Beatty Group LTD Fleet Services
Raynesway, Derby, Derbyshire, DE21‎ 7BG – 01332 661491


Kier Western, Exeter Office
Ulysses House, Heron Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7PH

Kier Western, Plymouth Office
27-37 Martin Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3NE



East Sussex



Costain Ltd‎
St. Marys House, 90 Victoria Rd, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1RD‎ – 01245 547000‎

Kier Eastern, Witham Office
1 Stepfield, Eastern Industrial Estate, Witham, Essex, CM8 3TH


Kier Moss, Cheltenham Office
96 Leckhampton Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 0BP


Balfour Beatty‎
Pavilion B, Ashwood Park, Ashwood Way, Basingstoke, RG23‎ 8BG – 01256 400 400‎

BAM Nuttall – Southampton – South West Area Office
Rownhams House, Rownhams, Southampton – SO16 8LS – Tel: 023 80747000 Fax: 023 80747001

Kier Brazier
Portswood House, Millbrook Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 0AH

Kier Southern, Havant Office
St Andrews House, West Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1LB

Kier Southern, Southampton Office
Portswood House, Millbrook, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 0AH




Laing O’Rourke
Paramount House, Marylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4XH‎ – 01442 286 600

Kier Southern, Rickmansworth Office
Maple Lodge Close, Maple Cross, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 9SN

Morgan Est Regional Office – London
Harrier House, St Albans Road East, Hatfield, AL10 0HE



Isle of Wight



BAM Nuttall
Tunbridge Wells – Nuttall Hynes, Prospect House, North Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3DN Tel: 01892 512255 Fax: 01892 511831

Laing O’Rourke
Bridge Place, Anchor Boulevard, Crossways, Dartford, Kent DA2 6SN

Costain Ltd‎
Anchor Bay Wharf, Manor Rd, Erith, Kent, DA8 2AW‎ – 01322 397600‎

Kier South East
Broadmead House, New Hythe Business Park, Larkfield, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 6XS

Kier Wallis
Royal Court, Tweedy Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1TG

Kier Wallis Site Services
Broadmead House, New Hythe Business Park, Larkfield, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 6XS


Balfour Beatty‎
Read St, Clayton Le Moors, Accrington, BB5‎ 5LL – 01254 304 700‎

Balfour Beatty Rail Signalling Ltd‎
111 Piccadilly, Manchester, Manchester, M1 2HY‎ – 0161 237 1485

BAM Nuttall
Park Lane, Off Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Lancs WN4 0BZ Tel: 01942 493567 Fax: 01942 493571.

Laing O’Rourke (Northern)
Curtin House 6 Columbus Quay, Riverside Drive, Liverpool, L3 4DB‎ – 0151 726 2420

Laing O’Rourke Group‎
Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester, Lancashire, M32‎ 0FP– 0161 8865700‎

Costain House, Styal Rd, Manchester, Lancashire, M22 5WN‎ – 0161 910 3444

Kier North West
Liverpool Office – Kier House, Winward Drive, Estuary Park, Speke, Liverpool, L24 8QR

Kier North West
Manchester office – 11 Mercury Park, Mercury Way, Trafford Park, Manchester, M41 7LY






Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd
245 Blackfriars Rd, London, SE1 9UF‎ – 020 79220000‎

Balfour Beatty Group‎
130 Wilton Rd, London, Greater London, SW1V 1LQ‎ – 020 7216 6950‎

Balfour Beatty‎
7 Mayday Rd, Thornton Heath, Greater London, CR7 7‎XA – 020 8684 6922‎

Balfour Beatty Refurbishment Ltd
75-79 York Rd, London, Greater London‎ SE1 7NJ – 020 7272 7594

Costain Ltd‎
Costain House, 111 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7UE‎ – 020 77058444‎

Kier London
2 Langston Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3SD

Kier Construction / Kier Rail – south east office
Euston Station, Barnaby Street, London, NW1 2RS

Morgan Est Regional Office
Central London – The Podium, 2nd Floor, 1 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN

Morgan Sindall Group Head Office
Kent House, 14 – 17 Market Place, London, W1W 8AJ

Morgan Est Regional Office – London
Harrier House, St Albans Road East, Hatfield, AL10 0HE


BAM Nuttall – Wembley – Finchpalm Ltd
Albion House, Albion Way, Wembley, – Middlesex HA9 0LP Tel: 020 89032033 Fax: 020 89034604


BAM Nuttall – East Area Office – Nuttall John Martin
The Airfield, Shipdham, Thetford, Norfolk IP25 7SP Tel: 01362 820575

Kier Eastern, Norwich Office
Mason Road, Mile Cross Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 6RF, tel: 01603 412131

North Yorkshire

Balfour Beatty Rail‎
Clifton Pk Av, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 5PB‎ – 01904 687000‎


Kier Marriott, Rushden Office
Marriott House, Brindley Close, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 6EN




Balfour Beatty Rail Track Systems Ltd‎
Osmaston St, Sandiacre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG10 5AN‎ – 0115 921 8218‎

Kier Marriott, Nottingham Office
Marriott House, Abbeyfield Road, Nottingham, NG7 2SZ




BAM Nuttall – Scotland Area Office
Glasgow Road, Kilsyth, Glasgow G65 9BL Tel: 01236 467050 Fax: 01236 467072

Kier Scotland, Stepps Office
Campsie House, Buchanan Business Park, Cumbernauld Road, Stepps, Scotland, G33 6HZ

Kier Scotland, Edinburgh Office
Westpoint, 4 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9DG

Morgan Est Regional Office
Suite A, The Grove, Kilmartin Place, Tannochside Business Park, Uddingston, G71 5PH




BAM Nuttall – BAM Ritchies
Nailsea Wall, Kenn Pier, Clevedon, Somerset BS21 6UE Tel: 01275 875338 Fax: 01275 870076

South Yorkshire

Balfour Beatty Rail Projects Ltd
361-365 Coleford Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 5NF‎ – 0114 256 1656‎

Balfour Beatty Rail Track Systems Ltd
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 1QW‎ – 0114 284 1600‎

Balfour Beatty Power Networks‎
Enterprise Centre, Rands Ln, Armthorpe, Doncaster, DN3‎ 3DY – 01302 835 475‎

Kier Northern, Sheffield Office
Unit 2, 12 O’Clock Court, 21 Attercliffe Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S4 7WW


Laing O’Rourke‎
2 Lyme Dr, Parklands, Stoke-on-trent, ST4 7BH‎ – 01782 667200





Balfour Beatty
Major Civil Engineering Head Office, 86 Station Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1PQ

Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd
Churchfield Rd, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 2DT‎ – 01932 254254‎

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering‎ M25 Project
Wraysbury Rd, Staines, TW19‎ 6HA – 01784 488 217

St James House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3XW

Tyne and Wear

BAM Nuttall
1 Eagle House, Asama Court, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7LN

Laing O’Rourke
Rushwood, Balliol Business Pk, Benton La, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE12 8EW‎ – 0191 238 1430‎

Laing O’Rourke‎
Stroud House, Unit 1, Locomotion Way, Camperdown Industrial Estate, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12‎ 5US – 0191 268 2990‎

Kier North East, Newcastle Office
7 Merchants Court, Koppers Way, Monkton Business Park South, Hebburn, South Tyneside, NE31 2EX

Laing O’Rourke Group
Horsley House, Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3‎ 3LX – 0191 213 3900‎


Balfour Beatty Power Network Ltd
Wentloog House, Wentloog Corporate Pk, Rumney, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF3 2ER‎ – 029 20361139‎

BAM Nuttall – Bridgend – Wales Area Office
14 Old Field Road, Bocam Park, Pencoed, Bridgend, CF35 5LJ, Tel: 01656 778700 Fax: 01656 861667

Costain Ltd
Lambourne Crescent, Llanishen, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF14‎ 5GF – 029 20757755‎

Kier North West, Wrexham Office
1b Edison Court, Ellice Way, Wrexham Technology Park, Wrexham, LL13 7YT

Kier Western, Newport Office
Cathedral Chambers, Stow Hill, Newport, Gwent, NP20 4SY


Morgan Est Head Office
Morgan Est House, Corporation Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 2DW Tel: 01788 534 500 Fax: 01788 534 579

West Midlands

Balfour Beatty Major Projects
Waterlink House, Richard St, Birmingham, West Midlands, B7 4AA‎ – 0121 503 8850‎

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd
Solihull Pkwy, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, B37‎ 7YG – 0121 779 7846‎

BAM Nuttall – Halesowen – Midlands Area Office
Midland House, Steelpark Road , Halesowen, West Midlands B62 8HD Tel: 0121 5616550 Fax: 0121 5616551

Costain Ltd‎
The Crescent, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, B37‎ 7YE – 0121 779 7391‎

Kier Moss, Birmingham Office
Moss House, 8 Druids Lane, Birmingham, B14 5SN

West Sussex

Balfour Beatty Rail Services‎
Haslett Av, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1LY‎ – 01293 614832

Kier Longley
Longley House, International Drive, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, West, Sussex, RH10 6AQ

West Yorkshire

Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd‎
Carrwood Park, Centriny House, Selby Rd, Swillington Common, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4LG‎ – 0113 287 8860

BAM Nuttall – North East & Yorkshire Area Office
4210 Park Approach, Thorpe Park, Leeds, LS15 8GB Tel: 0113 2647776 Fax: 0113 2647720

Laing O’Rouke Ltd‎
1280 Century Wy, Thorpe Pk, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB‎ – 0113 284 025

Kier Northern, Boston Spa Office
Lyndon House, 198 High Street, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, LS23 6BT


Hochtief ltd – Epsilon
Windmill Hill Business Pk, Whiteshill Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 6NX‎ – 01793 755555‎



Balfour Beatty Power Networks Ltd‎
Redditch Business Centre, 57 Windsor Rd, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6DL‎ – 01527 599400

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Video of BAM actions

Here’s a video made by the group that did the BAM actions in June.

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Leaflets for actions

Here’s a leaflet that was used on the actions at BAM head office
: bam_leaflet.pdf

and here’s a text version of it:

BAM …and the planet’s gone!
BAM Nuttall are one of the UK’s largest construction firms. They are currently bidding for the contract to build a new coal power station at Kingsnorth in Kent, for the giant power company E.ON. This would be the first new UK coal power station for 30 years.
Kingsnorth must not be built, because:
Coal kills: Coal is the dirtiest fuel there is. A new Kingsnorth power station would produce around 7 million tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to the entire emissions of a country like Ghana[1]. Climate change – caused by burning fossil fuels like coal – is already killing 300,000 people per year, and will get much worse if we don’t take urgent action now[2].
Failed target: The UK has already committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, and scientists say we need even steeper cuts to avoid climate catastrophe[3]. We have no hope of meeting any of these targets if new coal power stations are pumping out CO2 for the next 40 years.
Global shame: The nations of the world are currently arguing over how to cut greenhouse gas emissions. If the UK goes ahead with Kingsnorth, it will make it much harder to persuade other countries to stop using coal.
No need!: There’s no need to build coal power stations at all – if we stopped wasting energy then we could meet all our needs using sustainable sources such as the wind, sun and tide, creating employment in a modern, environmentally friendly way.
Part of the E.ON Face Off, supported by the Camp for Climate Action

We are at BAM’s head office to demand that they immediately drop out of the bidding for Kingsnorth, and never get involved with any new coal projects.
-Building a coal power station contradicts BAM’s stated commitment to "the broader issue of climate change, carbon reduction and community liaison"[4], and would directly harm the future of its employees and their families. If climate change continues to worsen, the South East of England will be particularly vulnerable to increased floods and storms[5].
-We need to make a just and fair transition to a low carbon society, actively involving workers from the energy industry in the process. New coal power would take us in exactly the wrong direction.
-Kingsnorth is the most controversial power project in the UK. Thousands of people have already pledged to take direct action against it, backed by a huge wave of public opposition. Today’s action shows how people are ready to act on their words. If construction begins, there will be blockades and disruption on the scale of the road protests of the 1990s, which cost contractors millions of pounds and prevented many proposed road projects from going ahead. 
The "Carbon Capture" Con
Government says that it’s OK to build Kingsnorth because it will use "carbon capture and storage" (CCS) to catch 25% of its emissions and store them underground. But, this is unproven technology that is still being tested, won’t be available until at least 2020 (too late to prevent climate disaster) and might not work at all. Even if Kingsnorth’s emissions were reduced by a quarter, it would still be more polluting than a gas power station!
[1] Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center:
[2] Global Humanitarian Forum:
[4]  BAM Nuttall website:
[5]  UK Climate Impacts Programme:


This leaflet was later adapted and reused by the group that did the Laing action
: laing_leaflet.pdf

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