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Morgan Sindall completes £5.5 million Cumbrian nuclear research facility

Morgan Sindall has completed work on the £5.5 million construction of a nuclear research centre in West Cumbria for The University of Manchester.

The Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF) is located at Westlakes Science and Technology Park near Whitehaven and will support world-leading research and education in radiation science and nuclear engineering and decommissioning.

The project included the construction of a concrete-walled research hall, clad in zinc, which will house a 5MV ion beam accelerator for materials research when it is transported from the United States in November 2012. The 45-week construction project also delivered an adjoining two-storey office and laboratory building, with a black mirrored finish, as well as car parking and landscaped areas designed to allow the facility to blend into its surroundings.

The DCF is the result of a £20 million 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 the University’s Directorate of Estates and Facilities, project managers Drivers Jonas Deloitte and Wilson Mason Architects on the project.

Dave Smith, managing director, construction at Morgan Sindall, says: “This project combines two of Morgan Sindalls’ specialisms - energy and education, and we’re delighted to have handed it over on time and to budget.

“The DCF represents another significant investment in Cumbria’s nuclear expertise and further evidence that the North West of England is becoming synonymous with innovative nuclear research.”

The DCF is the latest scheme to be delivered by Morgan Sindall in Cumbria, following the successful completion of two bridge construction projects in Workington for Cumbria County Council – the Navvies footbridge and a £2 million temporary road bridge over the River Derwent.

Morgan Sindall has a wealth of experience across the energy sector and is currently delivering major schemes including a £31 million contract to design and build a Biomass Energy Centre at London’s Heathrow Airport for BAA, and improvement works to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, which have made it the largest co-firing biomass plant in the world.


Pictured: The Dalton Cumbrian Facility, constructed by Morgan Sindall

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