Institute hub moves a step closer as demolition commences on site

Demolition has commenced at Harwell, clearing the ground ready for building commencement on the new Rosalind Franklin Institute building. The Institute building will be the hub of our national institute, bringing together technologies designed to tackle important challenges in life science.

The building which is being removed previously housed the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories visitor centre, now relocated to a new purpose built facility with improved spaces for public engagement and education visitors.

The demolition work will continue until early 2019, when the Rosalind Franklin Institute will break ground. The construction of the new Institute hub building is being managed by UKRI-STFC, one of the joint venture partners of the Institute.

Tim Venables, Chief Operating Officer at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, said “This is a great milestone for the project, and we are all incredibly excited to set out on the path to starting construction. The institute hub will be a fantastic asset for the campus, really bringing together activity in life science from across our network of spokes, and placing it alongside some of the most impressive engineering and technology expertise in the UK.”

Design work on the building continues apace, with Rosalind Franklin senior leadership working alongside UKRI-STFC and contractors to define the building specifications. The new institute will occupy a prominent location on the campus, already home to world leading scientific infrastructure. Full design details and lab capabilities will be released in the coming weeks.

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