Skanska has signed a contract with European Spallation Source (ESS) – an international consortium of research bodies - to build the first stage of the project in Lund, Sweden. The contract is worth SEK670m (£56.5m) and the work will be carried out by Skanska Sweden (75%) together with Skanska UK (25%).
The ESS research facility will provide the tools for analysis that will enable the next important discoveries in nanotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, materials engineering and experimental physics.
Skanska and ESS have jointly planned and developed the target cost for the first phase, including ground work, infrastructure at the work site, accelerator tunnel and adjoining buildings.
The construction project is planned in several stages where separate agreements are concluded at the beginning of each stage. Skanska and ESS are now planning and discussing the scope and target cost for the next phase.
Construction work will start immediately and the research facility will be completed in 2019. First neutrons are expected at ESS by 2020, with the user programme expected to begin in 2023.