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New £26m science complex opens at Harwell

Research Complex at Harwell
Image caption The facility brings a range of scientists under one roof

A new science complex, costing £26m, has opened on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.

The Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) will bring different fields of scientists together under one roof.

It was built on behalf of Research Councils UK and funded by several organisations, including the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The centre promises to investigate aspects such as drug development and energy research.

'Research hotel'

Director of the centre, Professor Simon Phillips, said bringing scientists together under one roof had many benefits.

He said: "This is a fantastic new laboratory space, at the heart of a cluster of world-leading large research facilities.

"Scientists from many different fields, from biology to physics, will be working together in one building.

"We know from experience many unexpected scientific advances take place as a result of such interactions."

The base will also act as a 'Research Hotel', meaning that scientists from universities all over the UK can use the facilities.

The complex is next to the Diamond Light Source, a vast doughnut-shaped building, costing more than £300m.

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