Project Overview

Western were tasked with building two 3 storey modular buildings for this science and technology facility at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford.

Construction process

Western provided fully serviced, designed and constructed ‘Turn Key’ projects including obtaining of all statutory permissions for two 3 storey modular buildings, comprising offices, toilets, meeting rooms, and associated facilities. Each building was comprised of 30 modular sections.
The new buildings are located within the existing Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Campus and all buildings of the Laboratory remained in occupation and fully operational throughout the construction period so it was imperative we took and the all necessary measures to avoid disturbance to the day to day running of the establishment. External works included connection to existing drainage system, provision of ramps, steps and footpaths. The design and construction of foundations/ pads took account of existing ground bearing conditions and all existing and proposed services.
The building consisted of a galvanised steel framed superstructure using our standard off-site prefabrication methods, complete with a composite insulated cladding system, faced externally with a galvanised steel facing, and internally finished with Gyproc 13mm thick fireline board. The highest possible acoustic insulation was provided between upper floors.
The roof structure was designed and constructed with a profiled metal insulated composite roof structure complete with externally concealed guttering and downpipes. Internal Partitions comprised of a metal stud wall system faced both with 13mm Gyproc Fireline Board linings, all studs in-filled with compressed acoustic insulation with particular emphasis on preventing flanking sound transmission between rooms at all junctions including floors and ceilings.

All internal fixtures and fittings were manufactured and supplied by Western Building Systems. This included: