European Spallation Source research facility
The European Spallation Source (ESS) science research facility is one of the largest of its type in Europe.
It will be up to 100 times brighter than today’s leading facilities, enabling new opportunities for researchers of life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics.
Cutting edge scientific research
Skanska’s UK-based specialist foundations team completed all of the piling for the project. SRW engineering services is providing the fit-out for all of the buildings, ensuring they are ready to support cutting-edge research. The main construction is being completed by Skanska’s team in Sweden.
The facility design includes a 5MW linear proton accelerator, a rotating tungsten target station, 22 state-of-the-art neutron instruments, a suite of laboratories and a supercomputing data management and software centre.
Helping Europe’s economy
Every year, 2,000 to 3,000 guest researchers from universities, institutes and industry will be part of the ESS user programme. They will use the neutron instruments to answer scientific questions.
ESS is expected to make a significant contribution to the European economy, through the establishment of the facility itself and the research carried out there.