Project Type:Science & Research
Location:STFC - RAL Harwell - Oxford
A new, state of the art, laser research facility, expanding the current facilities, it will provide world class research space for both private and public sectors fostering a unique collaboration between government agencies, the National Laboratories and key groups within academia.
This 5000m2 three storey building contains extensive accommodation to house the equipment required for cutting edge experiments. Three bespoke target areas, designed to contain the radiation generated by laser beams, are supported by control and preparation areas, plant accommodation and light, airy break out areas. The building is designed not only for scientists but also visitors eager to see the internal workings of such a space. The entrance has a triple height space with floor to ceiling curtain walling for maximum impact, the control room and two of the target areas have large public viewing windows.
External pearlescent cladding was chosen to reflect the electromagnetic spectrum generated by the lasers, the acoustic baffles and floating raft ceiling in the main entrance pay homage to scattering of light particles.
The strongly themed interior design has a feature carpet and exposed blue brick wall. Fabrics and materials complement these and provide a coherent link throughout the building. Externally, the southern boundary has a mix of native trees and shrubs, planted on formed mounds. This extends across the boundary onto neighbouring land, extending south to join with the existing planted mounds to soften the impact of a new building within an area of outstanding natural beauty