Blackfriars Road Development
Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire
Following a competitive tender process, Fathom Architects and David Lock Associates (DLA) are commissioned by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to create a Development Plan for Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire.
The appointment is Fathom and DLA’s second for STFC, following the successful delivery of a Development Plan for Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell in 2022 – Sci-Tech Daresbury and Harwell being the UK’s two national laboratory facilities for world-leading scientific research.
Daresbury Laboratory is central to the expansion of Sci-Tech Daresbury campus – a joint venture between STFC and private developers – for its pioneering research into accelerator science, scientific computing, engineering technology and nuclear physics.
The Development Plan will support ambitions to continue world-leading scientific research on the site and encourage the incubation of innovative new businesses. Our collaborative approach will assess scenarios for growth and shifting requirements in new and existing laboratory buildings, as well as explore placemaking opportunities and sustainability improvements to support UK Research & Innovation’s commitment to becoming net zero by 2040.
We’re proud to have been commissioned again by STFC, meaning that together DLA and Fathom will have prepared Development Plans for both the UK’s national laboratory facilities, giving us unique experience in this vital source of the UK’s innovation economy.