Key Facts

  • Client Name:

    Science and Technology Facilities Council

  • Principal Contractor:

    Mace

  • Architect:

    IBI

  • Address:

    RFI Building, Road 6, Science and Technology Facilities Council Ruterford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX

  • Value of Works:

    £960K

  • Start Date:

    March 2020

  • End Date:

    January 2021

Project Description

The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a national institute dedicated to transforming life science through interdisciplinary research and technology development. Rosalind Franklin was an English chemist who played a key role in the understanding of DNA. The project, at the heart of Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, was funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation.

Our works were focused on the Carpentry and Joinery Fit-out. This included the installation 310m2 of Timber (Acoustic) Panelling and Fabric Acoustic Panelling to both main atriums. We also installed the laminated timber doors and all the metal riser doors, all WC IPS systems, and the FF&E items in the building.

Working with a specialist sub-contractor, we installed large, electronically operated, sliding acoustic doors. These had integrated LED screens which could be used for privacy when flicking a switch internally that changed them from clear to opaque white.

We are particularly proud of the design and installation of the bespoke timber panelling. This is a key feature for the project in the atriums where we also installed lecture theatre seating.

Scope of Works

Joinery & Fit-out
  • Timber Acoustic Panelling to North and South Atriums

  • PPC Metal Riser Doors

  • Sliding GRP and metal doors

  • Laminated Timber Doors

  • Fabric Acoustic Panels (Atriums and Tiered Seating Area)

  • Tiered seating area and fixed seating

  • Kitchens (Including glass splashbacks, sinks and taps)

  • Hi-Macs worktops

  • Trims (Including MDF skirtings and MDF window boards)

  • IPS Systems in WC’s

  • General FF&E - Towel Rails, Mirrors, Hooks/Coats Hooks/Tool hooks, Shelving in WC’s, Laminate Spur Shelving, Fire Signage (Access & Egress), Doc M installation, Shower curtain and Rails, Shower Seats, BOYCO hanging rack/rail, Corner Guards


RFI Gallery


  • British Safety Council
  • Achilles
  • WCS
  • Timber Trade Federation
  • Timber Trade Federation Responsible Purchaser
  • SCSSilver
  • Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme
  • IFC
  • Constructionline

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