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Beecroft Building nears its finish line.

26/02/2018

The culmination of our most complex project.

Ahead of our March 19th handover of the University of Oxford’s Beecroft Building, members of our Science & Research team visited the site as it reached the final stages of completion.

The Beecroft Building is a truly ambitious project. When complete, it will facilitate highly complex atomic-level experiments as part of the University of Oxford’s pioneering work developing quantum computers.

The team recently visited the site to see how the final stages of the build were progressing. The project had a 48-week fit-out schedule, which is incredibly quick for such a complex facility, but everything was on track. The team explored the entire building – from the basement plant spaces that house vast high-efficiency shock absorbers, right through to the close-control laboratories and the above-ground collaborative working spaces.

Beecroft Site Visit

Following the handover of the building, the team will undertake a period of validation. Going above and beyond the scope of commissioning, they will be testing the lab’s in-use heat demand. This involves filling the space with electric heaters to simulate the temperature of a working environment, and therefore put the newly installed services through their paces.

Ian Durbin, our firm’s sector head for Science & Research, commented: “It’s fantastic to see the Beecroft Building coming together. The quality of finish is second-to-none, and all the preliminary testing of services is now underway. After nearly seven years of work, this is the culmination of an immense effort from our experts and wider team, so it’s an exciting moment. We look forward to the handover of this exceptional building.”