Dixon underlined its credentials as a leading constructor of science and
technology facilities by working at the pre-construction stage on a second project at Harwell Science Campus in
It is working on plans to the end of RIBA Stage 4 for
Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to deliver the RAL Gemini Laser Building for their Central Laser Facility (CLF).
It follows work for the same
customer to build the Harwell Facilities Building.
The pre-construction involvement was procured through the Scape National Major Works framework and sets a solid foundation for the main contract to build a new laser testing facility for CLF’s Gemini team at STFC’s Rutherford
Appleton Laboratory (RAL), enhancing what is already one of the world’s leading
laser facilities for scientists from the UK and Europe. This will complement
the Harwell Facilities Building that will provide a specialist environment for
researching and testing of important scientific developments.
less than two years since the company completed the RAL Space R100 facility,
also at the Harwell Science Campus, providing the largest and most
sophisticated satellite design, production and research facility in Europe (below).
latest appointment at the Harwell Science Campus follows a clutch of
high-profile projects Willmott Dixon is responsible for to aid the work of
Britain’s world leading science community.
Recently, it completed a new home for the Met Office’s supercomputer in
Exeter and the BioCity complex in Nottingham.
STFC’s Gemini Laser building, Willmott Dixon is working with architects FDG
Fairhursts Design Group, Briggs & Forrester for services and Glanville
Group for structural engineering.
Owen, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the Midlands:
delighted to be working on yet another project at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton
Laboratory site. We carry out a lot of work in this important sector, and our
specialist teams offer a wealth of expertise creating facilities that drive
innovation and help make the UK a leader in science and technology.”
Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, comments: “It is great to see Willmott
Dixon continue to lead from the front in the development of high-tech science
and research facilities through our frameworks. The creation of cutting-edge
STEM facilities in the UK will be vital in developing the high-skilled jobs of
the future, as well as pioneering new scientific developments. Research teams
deserve the best buildings to encourage and inspire them, and this facility
procured through the Scape National Major Works framework should certainly live
up to expectations.”
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