Rosalind Franklin Institute, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

  • Client

    Science and Technology Facilities Council

  • Contractor

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    January 2021

The Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) is a life sciences facility named after one of the UKs pioneering female scientists. The building is dedicated to bringing academic and industry researchers from across the UK together to develop disruptive new technologies. These technologies are designed to tackle major challenges in health and life sciences and accelerate the discovery of new treatments for chronic diseases, affecting millions of people around the world, such as dementia.

The Challenge

The ground floor of the building had to be designed to accommodate sensitive scientific instruments which could not be subjected to vibration or electromagnetic interference.

The Solution

The foundations of the ground floor were designed to be separated from the rest of the building to shield it from vibration. To prevent electromagnetic interference, stainless steel reinforcement was used in the structure, and nonferrous materials used in the fabric, finishes, and MEP.

The Results

The design created a close to perfect, stable environment to test the limits of specialist technologies such as four large, state of the art electron microscopy suites and mass spectrometry facilities. The building now houses all core and support staff for the Institute, plus 150 researchers from industry and academia.




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Client Satisfaction

Client Testimonial

“Mace are currently delivering three projects across the live Harwell Campus site. Their attention to detail in health and safety and campus liaison has helped maintain business as usual for everyone.”

Contractor Performance | Commitments


Client and sub-contractor payments made within 21 days and 30 days respectively of certification/valuation date.


Building achieved BREEAM Very Good.




75 trainee weeks

94 graduate trainee weeks


Building handed over January 2021 with zero defects. Two Mace managers remained on site for period afterwards to manage soft landings.

SCF Framework Manager

Adam Sanford


Phone: 03707790304

Contractor Framework Manager

David Chambers


Phone: 07789 514895