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World’s most powerful laser building to be designed by BFLS

The world’s most powerful laser will be housed in a building designed by BFLS after the European Commission gave the green light to its construction

The world’s most powerful laser will be housed in a building designed by BFLS after the European Commission gave the green light to its construction.

BFLS won an international competition for the opportunity to design the £251m building, containing the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) laser, at Dolní Břežany near Prague.

Ian Bogle, BFLS project director, said: ‘It’s fantastic news. This is a unique opportunity to deliver what will become a flagship for EU scientific research. It’s both an honour and a seriously exciting challenge.’

The central element of the design is a concrete box, comparable in size to a football pitch, with a lightweight roof over the complex.

It is hoped that the ELI laser will be at the forefront of breakthroughs in the fields of medical treatment and nuclear physics.

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