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The ESRF expands


Four years after architects were invited to submit their plans, the ESRF upgrade buildings are nearing completion. Major works impacting on the accelerators and beamlines were completed last year as scheduled, and the ID16 satellite building was inaugurated in October.

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“Core” and “shell” works on the Chartreuse and Belledonne hall extensions (pictured) are complete, and air-treatment units are now being put into service before the concrete floor is poured. Coordinating a project of this scope is no mean feat, says project manager Emmanuel Bruas. “We had to strive continuously to strike a fine balance between technical compromises and financial and timescale constraints.”


The Belledonne experimental hall extension pictured

in June 2012

in August 2012      
and in January 2013      

Credit photos: C. Argoud

Top image: Building works near completion for Phase I of the ESRF upgrade. Credit photo: Molyneux Associates