Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

This project comprised of a new ISIS facility support building split into a handling unit with separate laboratory shell and a test unit.

The building is split via a 10m-high 500mm thick heavily reinforced concrete wall which was constructed in two lifts due to the steel frame sitting on a wall 4.5m high. This meant the second lift on the wall was a challenge as it required formwork to be placed in and around steel stanchions.

All the RC works required large amounts of temporary works as well as crane coordination. There was also significant liaison with the Science Park due to the amount of services infrastructure that had to be bought in from other locations.


Customer – Willmott Dixon

Duration – 50 weeks

Location – Didcot

Our works included

  • RC foundations
  • Heavy RC floor slabs, some 600mm deep to FM2 specification
  • RC duct trenches with stainless steel lids
  • Two concrete frames
  • 5m deep drainage
  • External works including floor slabs, liner walls, capping beams and roof labs