Harworth Group completes steelwork at UKAEA Yorkshire building

WCN Editorial Team 31 Mar 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Harworth Group, a UK-based regenerator of land and property, has completed the steel superstructure for the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Yorkshire building ahead of schedule.

The UKAEA Yorkshire facility will be a testing centre for nuclear fusion reaction components. It will also evaluate new metals and ceramics in conditions akin to the inside of a fusion reactor, including high heat flux, in-vacuum and strong magnetic fields.

Located on the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Rotherham, the building is considered to be at the heart of UK’s manufacturing region. The location of the building will allow UKAEA to work with industry and research organisations on nuclear fusion technology.

The 22,300ft² unit, which is being built by JF Finnegan on behalf of Harworth, will include office accommodation split into two floors and a research laboratory at ground floor level.

The facility is being funded as part of the Government’s Nuclear Sector Deal delivered through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Sheffield City Region has also invested £2m from its Local Growth Fund, supporting UKAEA to join other occupiers at the Advanced Manufacturing Park including Rolls-Royce, Boeing and McLaren Automotive and further strengthen the park’s standing as a centre of high-value employment in the UK.

Harworth Group major projects, associate director Duncan Armstrong-Payne said: “We and our contractors have battled the elements to get to this point and I delighted to announce that we have reached this milestone in the project and are on track to complete this game-changing facility.

“We look forward to UKAEA’s staff joining the 2,000 people already employed at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, continuing the site’s ongoing success as one of the North’s key developments offering exciting employment opportunities.”

UKAEA will take a 20-year lease and will hire 40 highly skilled people, to continue with its close working relationship with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC).

UKAEA national fusion technology platform director Colin Walters said: “We are delighted that the construction of the unit is on-track and the completion of its superstructure helps to bring the project alive.

“This facility will provide fantastic opportunities for UK businesses to win contracts and put UKAEA in a great position to help deliver the necessary expertise for the first fusion power stations.”

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Image: The completed steel structure of UKAEA in Yorkshire. (Credit: Harworth.)

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