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 their Culham campus is dated and unwelcoming and a new facility was needed that showcased low carbon, minimised construction costs and fulfilled a strong focus on visitor education and security. It was also required to align with a new County Council bypass.
Many teams from Ridge contributed their skills and experience to the project from Architects, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineers, Principal Designers and Cost Managers. We provided design services for a new gateway building and innovation centre; new access roads; pedestrian facilities, public transport facilities and car parking.
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 sustainability by targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’.