Contractor Morgan Sindall has this week completed construction on a £5.5M nuclear research centre in West Cumbria for the University of Manchester, which will support nuclear engineering and decommissioning research.
The Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF) in Westlakes Science and Technology Park near Whitehaven will support world leading research in radiation science and nuclear engineering and decommissioning. The facility consists of a two storey office block and laboratory, and a car park and landscape areas.
Constructed over a 45 week timetable, the project included building a zinc-clad concrete-walled research centre housing a 5MV beam accelerator for materials research. The DCF is funded from a £20M joint investment by the University of Manchester and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). It will be operated by the University’s Dalton Nuclear Institute and will have close links with the existing National Nuclear Laboratory at Sellafield.
Morgan Sindall worked closely with the team from Manchester University’s Directorate of Estates and Facilities, project managers Drivers Jonas Deloitte and Wilson Mason Architects on the project.