Our technical facilities are specifically set up to deliver R&D and testing services to the UK nuclear industry. Located in Lancashire, our facilities comprise 3,600m2 of working area, split into High Bay, Low Bay, Laboratory and D1.
The High Bay was designed and built to house full-scale testing rigs. It is fully equipped with water, electrical and compressed air services and is capable of housing test rigs up to 15 metres in height that contain a variety of heavy-duty equipment at a wide range of loads. Serviced by a 20-tonne overhead gantry crane, the High Bay is an ideal location for the construction of full-scale test beds from which underpinning works or integrated works testing can be conducted.
The Low Bay is connected directly to our head office, Scientia House, and includes a 12.5-tonne overhead gantry crane, compressed air, water and electrical supplies. It has housed a number of R&D rigs and currently holds a large-scale sludge manufacturing plant, 250-litre grout plant, 500-litre scale in-drum mixing rig, 3m3 large liner mixing rig, IONSIV cartridge filling rig, screeder and a 33m3 temperature and humidity-controlled sample store. The Low Bay is an ideal facility for testing concepts at a smaller scale ready for scale up to full size.
Fully equipped with modern equipment, our analytical laboratory is available for project experimentation and laboratory-scale trials work. Staffed by a team of qualified consultants and technicians, the laboratory provides scientific testing and formulation underpinning in a controlled environment. The laboratory is furnished with testing equipment to measure shear strength, viscosity, pH, turbidity, particle size distribution, particle density and setting. This allows the laboratory team to provide conclusive and thorough testing of substances on site with accurate results.
The D1 facility is a self-contained unit connected to the High Bay and is home to a fully outfitted welding bay and mechanical workshop. This allows for small mechanical tasks to be carried out on site with a fast turnaround and is also used for minor repair and maintenance tasks for the entire site. Staffed by a team of experienced mechanical engineers and technicians, the use of this workshop allows for components to be removed from systems quickly for strip down and maintenance, fault diagnostics and repair.