Dalton Cumbrian Facility

The DCF is located in the scenic West Lake District. The brief from the two client bodies entailed an ‘iconic’ building that made the most of its stunning location.

The architectural expression of the facility is influenced by the colours and textures of the surrounding rugged countryside. The single building is clad using standing seam zinc with black cladding to enclose the two-storey building. The envelope’s flat appearance and the angular forms of the building frame are designed to mimic the rocky outcrops that characterise the Lake District.

“Wilson Mason demonstrated an appreciation of the scientific requirements of […] The large and small laboratories […] open plan working environment […] and demonstrated the ability to ask the right questions […] of the academic, technical and administrative staff […] The resulting building has demonstrated itself to be an excellent research environment” Prof Andrew Sherry Director, Dalton Nuclear Institute.


BREEAM Very Good