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Reiach and Hall gets green-light for £20m nuclear archive


Reiach and Hall has been given the go-ahead for a new archive building in the Scottish Highlands for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

The £20 million scheme on a brownfield site near Wick Airport will provide storage for paper and photographic records of the history, development and decommissioning of the UK’s civil nuclear industry since 1940s.

The brief called for a ‘building of simple practicality’, and according to the practice the design aims to provide a ‘bold and dramatic form.

The 6,186m2 triangular-shaped building features accommodation arranged around landscaped courtyards.

The project is set to start on site in the summer and expected to complete in 2016.

Reiach and Hall NDA

Project data

Location Ackergill Street, Wick
Type of project archive building
Client NDA Properties
Architect Reiach and Hall Architects
Landscape architect Horner and MacLennan
Planning consultant GVA James Barr
Structural engineer Arup
M&E consultant Arup
Planning supervisor Keelagher Okey Klien
Lighting consultant Arup
Main contractor Morrison Construction
Funding confidential
Tender date December 2014
Start on site date Summer 2015
Completion date 2016
Gross internal floor area 6,186m2
Form of contract and/or procurement NEC
Total cost £20 million
Specific environmental target BREEAM Excellent


Readers' comments (3)

  • I knew that set square would come in handy sometime!

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  • Stunning building, but what a waste of money for something completely irrelevant

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  • Marc Massin : what a crass and ridiculous comment. The archive encompasses the history of the whole civil nuclear industry and its installations. How else is anyone supposed to know how potentially highly hazardous reactors were built and thereby find out how they can be decommissioned safely if the information is not preserved and made accessible? I'm a librarian and one of the huge issues when nationalized industries were privatized in the 80s was a loss of information on their research work and on their buildings and facilities. We reap the repercussions of this still, not least in the construction industry when we have to find out about how their buildings were made. At least the nuclear industry did not destroy this information, perhaps because for a long time it remained in public ownership and the decommissioning and waste issue had always been a cloud on the horizon.

    And why does the text editor convert all my -ises to izes? We are in the UK after all......

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