RAL

RAL Space Centre

When it came to insulating building services at the cutting edge new Science & Technology Facilities Council RAL Space Development and Test facility (R100) in Didcot, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the fibre-free cores of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation and Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation made them the outstanding choice.

The Project

The world-leading R&D facility is based at the Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire. The campus forms the central hub of the UK space programme and played a critical role in last year’s Rosetta comet landing. Willmott Dixon worked on the high-spec design for the new centre which includes a total of 1,200 m2 of clean rooms and test chambers.

To ensure services performed as expected over 10,000 lm of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct and Pipe Insulation were specified for the numerous runs of service pipe and ductwork. 

Location:
Oxford
Product:
Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation
Product:
Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation
Insulation Contractor:
Industrial Insulation Ltd
M&E:
Briggs & Forrester
The nature of the building’s use meant no fibrous materials could be included within the specification. The fibre-free phenolic insulation cores of Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation and Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation made them perfect for the job. In addition, the superior thermal conductivity of these products proved beneficial when insulating services with little clearance.

Matthew Bashford, Operations Director, Industrial Insulation Ltd
Specialist designers and installers, Clean Room Construction, oversaw work on the clean rooms while building services company Briggs & Forrester carried out the connections. To ensure clear communication the numerous service runs were designed with BIM Level 2 on the Revit platform, allowing clash detection exercises to be run in advanced, saving time and cost during the build.

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