Diamond Synchrotron
Proud winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015

Diamond Synchrotron

  • Client / -
  • Sector / Technology
  • Architect / Crispin Wride Architectural Design Studio
  • Main Contractor / Diamond Light Source
  • Location / Didcot, Oxfordshire
  • Products / Ancillaries, Building Envelope, Cladding, Glazing, Roofing
  • Value / £6.4m
  • Completed / -

As the largest scientific facility to be built in the UK for thirty years, the spectacular Diamond Synchrotron building has become equally as famous for it’s unusual doughnut shape and technically complex curved roof.

The complexities of the Diamond Synchrotron are not just related to the experimental work in chemistry, physics and other sciences that takes place within. The size of approximately five football pitches, the design and construction of the facility relied heavily on all of Lakesmere’s areas of expertise, including the installation of over 33000m² of Kalzip standing seam roofing, curtain walling, doors, windows, structural glazing, composite cladding and a host of ancillaries.

With sole responsibility for the ten individual envelope packages, the Lakesmere design team were faced with many challenges, not least the need to ensure the seamless integration of all interfaces and the performance of the building as a whole.

In order to effectively co-ordinate the many disciplines involved in the project, Lakesmere identified the need to effectively establish and maintain communication between all the collaborating parties. Before work began on-site therefore, Lakesmere organised a two-day workshop, attended by the different envelope suppliers in addition to the project mangers, designers and representatives from main contractor Costain. The intention, and successful outcome of the workshops, was to remove potential barriers and to encourage teamwork across all the supply chain within a positive and open environment.

The success of this method of working has ensured that it has now become the benchmark for all future Lakesmere projects.

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