ISIS Second Target Building, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK

Building design team led by White Young Green,
working with Anshen/Dyer Associates as architects
Date Built
Completed 2007
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The booklet "Science Up Close" published by the Science and Technology Facilities Council describes ISIS as, "... a state-of-the-art research centre in materials science.  At ISIS beams of neutrons and muons are produced that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of advanced scientific instruments.  ....  ISIS research is at the forefront of modern science, with hundreds of experiments performed each year, leading to advances in engineering, medicine, clean energy, nanotechnology, archaeology and many other areas."  At this facility in Harwell beams of particles are generated in a particle accelerator and, "... hurled at target materials, allowing them to be studied by an extraordinary array of advanced scientific instruments."

The model below shows the layout of the ISIS site.  The red arrow indicates the particle accelerator that speeds up the particles before hurling them at the targets where the experiments are carried out.  The green arrow points to the original target building.  The ISIS Second Target building is indicated with a blue arrow.

Approval for the Second Target building appears to have been given in 2002.  Ground breaking and approval of the initial instrument suite happened in 2003.  Construction of the building began in 2004 and by 2005 it was weather-tight.  By 2007 the target station was installed and the first proton beam was directed at the target.

The ISIS Second Target building has its own newsletter.  In Issue 2 March 2004 there is an explanation of the proposal for this building.  "The new experimental hall housing the Second Target Station and instruments surrounding the target will be a hugely impressive building. Nearly twice the size of the current ISIS experimental hall. Five Olympic-sized swimming pools can be contained within the 80 m x 90 m floor area whilst with a height of 26 metres, the building will have a volume of around 187,000 cubic metres – that‘s nearly 249 million bottles of wine! To design this building and all its specialised functions, the ISIS TS-2 Project has appointed a building design team led by White Young Green, working with Anshen/Dyer Associates as architects."

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