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The Gallery | Atkins designs scheme to house Met Office supercomputer

A major development to house advances in weather and climate change measurement has been approved by planners.

The scheme, designed by Atkins for the Met Office, will be built at Exeter Science Park following the decision by South Devon District Council.

The project will feature a large IT Hall to house a major part of the Met Office’s much hyped £97M supercomputer.

A two-storey collaboration building – designed to reflect patterns on circuit boards - will allow advanced research.

Both these buildings are designed to be BREEAM Excellent, minimising their own impact on the environment at the same time as allowing work to tackle climate change and its effects.

Atkins associate director James Harrison said: “This site will not only be home to one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world but it will also act as a focal point for Exeter Science Park.

“We wanted to create an instantly recognisable building which articulates the importance of the project and the pioneering work being undertaken by the Met Office.” 

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