Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks supplied for the new £23.7M steel-framed Facilities Support Building at the Harwell Science Campus

Home to more than 200 organisations, Harwell is a vast world-renowned science and innovation campus located a few miles south of Didcot.

As part of the campus expansion, one of the main tenants, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is constructing a new £23.7M Facilities Support Building. The support facilities will allow researchers to test and commission new scientific equipment, operated by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. The facility will consists of two large open plan halls, each constructed as a single storey, steel braced frame measuring 70 m-long × 35 m-wide.


Farrat TBK 20 mm Structural Thermal Breaks have been supplied on this project to prevent thermal bridging of the steel-to-steel connections and curved façades.

Harwell Science Campus integrating Farrat TBK 20mm Structural Thermal Breaks

To read the full article on the Harwell Science Campus expansion, visit New Steel Construction. For more information on structural design for steel structures, read our Structural Design Considerations here.