UKAEA Campus Main Gate Facility Oxfordshire

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) research fusion energy and related technologies, with the aim of positioning the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy. The main gate on its Culham campus was dated and unwelcoming and a new facility was needed to showcase low carbon, minimised construction costs and fulfil a strong focus on visitor education and security.

Our Role

The Main Gate approach to UKAEA’s campus needed a refresh to bring it in line with the site’s world-renowned status. Its team wants to create a strong public interface through a contemporary building that will welcome and educate the public, and inspire the next generation of British scientists by showcasing the progress made by UKAEA in nuclear fusion.

As UKAEA’s mission is to provide abundant, low-carbon energy across the world, any development on one of its sites must surpass its own rigorous standards. Ridge multidisciplinary experts have been working alongside our client team to maximise every possible opportunity to reduce embodied and operational carbon and to calculate and communicate the likely payback timescales.

Added Value

We assessed the existing site conditions and phasing to ensure continuity with the existing security requirements. We rigorously assessed costs during the design and used a modern method of construction to speed up the programme and facilitate the compromised site constraints. We also drove the landscaping and specialist lighting solutions and ensured UKAEA’s sustainability objectives were met by targeting Net Zero Carbon.

  • Science campus

    Master plan and visitor facility

  • Net Zero


  • 'Excellent'

    BREEAM target

We are very proud of our contribution to the Main Gate. But most of all, we look forward to a future where everyone can access a reliable, safe, infinite source of energy-efficient and sustainable power derived from the UKAEA’s work on fusion.

Liz Sparrow

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