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Willmott Dixon appointed by Met Office to build a home for the final part of its supercomputer
Just weeks after handing over one of the world’s leading satellite testing facilities at Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire, Willmott Dixon’s presence in the science and technology sector has further increased with a £20 million contract to build a home for the final part of the Met Office's new supercomputer.
Located at Exeter Science Park, the supercomputer will enable the Met Office to run more sophisticated weather and climate models which assist the UK’s resilience to extreme weather events. These improved observations, combined with science modelling and physics will also unlock better forecasts and advice to support economic growth, prosperity and competitiveness.
Dave Underwood, Met Office Deputy Director for the High Performance Computing Programme, said: “High performance computing is an essential component of everything the Met Office does and the first phase of the new supercomputer is already operational, five weeks ahead of schedule.
“It’s going to be exciting to see this new facility at the Science Park becoming a reality. It brings the vision of a world-leading centre of environmental science prediction in the south-west and improved UK resilience to high impact weather another step closer.”
a "world class asset" by Exeter City Council chief executive Karime
Hassan, Willmott Dixon will build the facility to house the final part of the supercomputer
over the next 14 months at the Science Park, adjacent to the Met Office. When fully operational in 2017, it will provide
additional capacity for the Met Office’s existing high performance computing
The Met Office procured the new facility through the National Major Works Framework, one of six national frameworks provided by Scape Group. Willmott Dixon will work with architect Stride Treglown, services engineer Arup and structural engineer WSP to deliver it.
Neal Stephens, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the South West:
“This will be another important asset to our country’s technology sector, providing us with one of Europe’s biggest supercomputers inside an iconic building that we will create. We are very proud to be playing such an important part in this project; it further compliments our skill-set for building science facilities that make us a world leader in this sector.”
Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “The Met Office’s new supercomputer is exactly the sort of high tech investment that the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point was designed to attract. Siting it at the Science Park will strengthen the economic growth of the area and act as a real catalyst in driving job growth and private sector investment.”
For all enquiries regarding the Met Office supercomputer, please call the press office on 01392 886655. For enquiries about the Science Park please contact Gerry Shattock on 01392 72 2226 or visit www.exetersciencepark.co.uk
Follows the appointment in August to build a Passivhaus leisure centre for Spelthorne Borough Council
The extension and refurbishment project will enable the school to offer improved specialist facilities to 127 pupils, aged between four and 19 years old
The partnership will see the two firms collaborate, allowing them to deliver a wider range of healthcare construction projects than they could do individually
Our team took top honours at the 2021 Construction Manager of the Year Awards, which recognises the nation’s best project managers.
The intricate refurbishment will include reshaping the seating and stage to allow live performances with improved sightlines, while original features including the ziggurat ceiling and the building’s frontage will be restored to their former glory.
Willmott Dixon’s Construction and Interiors businesses will work in partnership with a range of charities, social enterprises and community groups and conservationists.