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Topping Out EPAC

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The long overdue Topping Out ceremony for the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) has eventually taken place. The ceremony, which had to be postponed several times due to COVID, was presided over by John Collier, Director of the Central Laser Facility (CLF) who applauded the world leading project as “perhaps one of the most interesting at Harwell today”.

Glanville is providing structural & civil engineering design services, working alongside Mace for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to deliver EPAC which is a brand new purpose-designed research facility at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire that will house a unique, state-of-the-art high power laser system.

When completed, EPAC will be a world-leading centre for researchers and industry to better understand the composition of new materials and how they behave in different conditions. This highly strategic, disruptive technology directly supports the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy which is reflected in the Government’s announcement to invest £71million in EPAC through its R&D-focused Strategic Priorities Fund with a further £10million being supplied by the Ministry of Defence.

At the topping out ceremony Nick Abbey of Mace, praised the hard work of his team, consultants and client over the last 18 months. The project, which is on time and on budget, carried on almost without a break throughout the pandemic which is testament to Mace and their proactive intelligent approach. EPAC is scheduled to be in operation by 2024.