BES completes $10m semiconductor facility for CSA Catapult

BES has completed a project that encompassed architectural, HVAC and electrical services for 1,000 sqm of cleanroom and laboratory space

Boulting Environmental Services has completed an £8.1 million ($10.5m) design and build project to deliver Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult’s facility in the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster in South Wales.

The Catapult Innovation Centre will drive advances in compound semiconductor technology and applications, enabling the UK to spearhead future technologies, including autonomous vehicles, 5G mobile networks, renewable energy and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The completed project is of national and international significance, launching a facility that will become a hub for high-tech research and development and support the UK’s growth potential in emerging sectors.

The scope of work for BES encompassed architectural, HVAC and electrical services to 1,000 sqm of cleanroom and laboratory space.

Steve Marsh, Managing Director of BES: “Working collaboratively with the client and their designers Monteith Scott and M& E consultants Atkins, our integrated design and construction team provided a seamless project delivery.”

Cleanrooms

The advanced labs and cleanrooms, Marsh explained, have been designed and built for this project to play a key role in helping the UK capitalise on the next wave of technological discovery and multidisciplinary approach to managing the delivery of sophisticated facilities from concept through to validation.

BES’ in-house multidisciplinary team worked closely with Catapult’s technical project leads to develop a design for the technical facilities that answer the current and future goals of the CSA Catapult Innovation Centre’s remit.

The company has designed, constructed and commissioned an IS0 Class 7 cleanroom along with a number of laboratory environments, including a photonics lab, a power electronics lab, an advanced packaging suite, an evaluation lab, a radio frequency lab and a high-power lab.

All labs and cleanrooms have been constructed from specialist cleanroom partitioning and contain client equipment including Climate Chambers, a Shaker Chamber and optical tables.

Engineering

BES was also responsible for design and installation of a new plant room on the second floor to accommodate the project’s complex HVAC requirements, along with a new ground floor substation.

CEO of CSA Catapult, Stephen Doran, said: “CSA Catapult will play a crucial part in the global adoption of compound semiconductor technology, and the work that BES has completed for us will help us on that journey.”

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