The Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) development on the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire is a new purpose-designed building that will house a unique, state-of-the-art high power and high repetition laser system, generating precise 3D images of the internal structure of objects from aircraft wings to bones. The government has announced a £81m investment in the EPAC, with funding provided through the R&D-focused Strategic Priorities Fund.
The centre will help researchers and industry better understand the composition of new materials and how they behave in different conditions. It is a highly strategic, disruptive technology and directly supports the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.
Billington fabricated and installed approximately 300t of steel including beam members connected to the concrete core and decorative paint finishes. The project included multiple phased handovers on a tight programme.