Background and history of the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH)

In late August 2006, Lord Sainsbury, (then the Science and Innovation Minister), announced that a £26.4m Government investment would fund the construction of the new Research Complex. This investment came from the Government’s Large Facilities Capital Fund (LFCF).

The investment was part of the Government's commitment to making the UK the most attractive location in the world for research. Maintaining access to cutting-edge, large-scale facilities is a key element in ensuring that UK scientists remain at the forefront of research. 

The objective of this project was to meet science and user requirements by: 

  • The construction of a new Research Complex adjacent to Diamond providing laboratories and shared facilities for both life and physical research groups 
  • Providing major laboratory equipment for shared use 
  • Setting up the operational management structure of the facility. 

The building has a gross floor area of 6548m2 (ca. 5000m2 net)

Aerial visual of Research Complex at Harwell, Diagram produced by the Research Complex Architects, Nightingale Associates