The extension to Medical Physics for a new High Flux Accelerator-Driven Neutron Facility at the University of Birmingham involved the creation of a new laboratory space, which is the first facility of its kind in the UK.
The project will provide the University with new ventures into international research supporting research involved with nuclear fission and fusion, reactor materials and neutron sensors (which will aid the Government in meeting clean energy and carbon emission targets).
The irradiation capability of this facility will combine with the existing high-energy light-ion accelerator to create a single UK user irradiation facility - the most intense accelerator-driven neutron source worldwide.
Working closely with the engineers, the client team and the equipment manufacturers we navigated the radiation shielding implications of the existing structure and ground levels and works adjacent to the grade 2* listed Aston Webb.
Incorporation of the specific design requirements of the High Flux accelerator manufacturer, was key to the project development. The system was designed and installed by Neutron Therapeutics and required millimetre accuracy and management of tolerances within the construction of the concrete bunker, which itself was constructed below ground to match the existing sub-basement levels of the Medical Physics building. Working with the team and lead physicist and specialist subcontractors bespoke radiation shielding doors were designed that allows for future modification ensured that the space is capable of assisting the University's production of medical isotopes and research projects is safe.
The development will also enable new researchers to learn innovative techniques and gain new knowledge, and is bookable by University researchers as well as external commercial partners.