Working at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a National Science and Innovation Campus

26th July 2018

Vanguard house nighttime imageOn Campus

igroup’s head office is situated in Vanguard House at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a National Science and Innovation Campus based in the beautiful Cheshire countryside.

Established in 2006, the site is ideally located in the Liverpool City Region between Runcorn, Warrington, Manchester and Liverpool.

But what’s it like working on campus?

The site itself is on a grand scale with 130+ companies, ranging from global and national companies such as IBM and the Department of International Trade, through to start-ups and local businesses.

New businesses regularly join the park each month as the site continues to develop new offices to meet further demand.  That means there is always lots of fresh faces and a great buzz in the communal areas such as the canteen, especially during the summer BBQ’s and the famous all year round ‘chippy’ Friday.

There are plenty of other facilities to enjoy such as a gym and outdoor table tennis area.

The igroup team take regular lunchtime strolls or power walks, boosting their daily step counts, around the campus, taking in the sculptures and wildlife along the canal.

 

History of the campus

The view from the igroup offices in Vanguard house is fortunate to encompass the iconic tower which can be seen from miles around, but most people aren’t aware of its purpose or history.

The site opened in 1962 as a scientific research laboratory and was officially opened on 16 June 1967 as the Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory by the then Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Harold Wilson.

Construction of the ‘particle smasher’ which created energy used to experiment on samples, known as the Nuclear Structure Facility (NSF), began in the mid-1970s, opening in 1975. Built by UK scientists and engineers to a unique design based on a research and development programme at Daresbury, the NSF was housed in a steel pressure vessel, 45 metres high and 8 metres in diameter, and was contained in a 70-metre-high concrete tower.

The large injector at the top of the accelerator vessel, housed the ion sources and at the ground level, three large experimental areas accommodated the ion beams radiating from the analysing magnet at the base of the machine.

Parts of the ‘particle smasher’ now sit around the park as pieces of sculpture.

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