The Costain Group has been named the preferred bidder for the construction of the Diamond Synchrotron Light Source – the largest scientific facility to be built in the UK for 30 years.
The facility, to be built on the site of the CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Chilton in Oxfordshire, will produce pinpoint ultraviolet and X-ray beams that will enable scientists and engineers to probe deep into the basic structure of matter and materials.
Diamond Light Source Ltd, a joint venture between CCLRC and the Wellcome Trust is awarding the construction contract, valued at approximately £60 million.
The Synchrotron Building will be an aluminium clad steel framed building consisting of a high-bay experimental hall with a curved roof profile, inner access and service zones.
Around the external perimeter of the building will be two-storey offices and laboratories with precast concrete suspended floors.
In addition to the synchrotron there will be a three-storey office building, built around an enclosed atrium and constructed with a steel frame and precast concrete floors. The external walling will consist of an aluminium curtain walling system with full height glazed wall to two elevations.
Costain will begin on the enabling works immediately. The main contract will start in October 2003 and be complete by the summer of 2005.