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Our assignment

In February 2014, Skanska and ESS (European Spallation Source) signed a cooperation agreement to build the shell and infrastructure for the ESS research facility in Lund. The work is progressing as a cooperation project, which means that Skanska and ESS work together using an open and integrated approach.

The project has been planned and built in several stages, with the signing of an agreement at the beginning of each stage. The facility is expected to be completed in 2023.

In cooperation with ESS, Skanska’s assignment includes planning and building an approximately 500 meter long accelerator tunnel, a target station, three instrument halls and service buildings. In addition, Skanska is also responsible for roads, lines, groundwork and plantings.

ESS is a joint European research facility to which 17 member countries are contributing competence and financing. The facility may be compared with a gigantic microscope that permits the study of materials at the molecular and atomic levels. The plant will be used in a number of sciences, such as medicine, biology, chemistry, physics and technology.

Construction process

To have an efficient construction process and simultaneously permit ESS to be built using the absolutely latest technology, it is necessary that Skanska and ESS work in close collaboration, with planning proceeding in stages. Skanska is participating with its expertise in planning and project work; ESS is partaking with its experience in construction organization.

The physical construction work on the 74-hectare site commenced on June 16, 2014 after ESS, on June 12, received the necessary environmental permit from the Swedish Land and Environment Court. In October 2014, the project management was able to move out after the establishment was completed.

Construction work is expected to proceed up to 2019, but already during 2017, Skanska will begin to hand over parts of the facility through early access in order to permit ESS to commence tests and instrument installation. A maximum of almost 800 people will work on the construction project simultaneously.

Meeting place for researchers

When ESS coms into operation in 2023, some 500 researchers will work at the facility. This will provide interfaces, helping the regions business and industry to develop.

The facility will be a meeting place for researchers worldwide and it is expected to be visited by 2,000-3,000 researchers annually. The research will contribute to many exciting research results as regards materials research, renewable energy, biomedicine and pharmaceuticals.

ESS phases

- Construction 2014-2024

- Initial neutrons to be produced in 2019

- Initial operation during the period 2023-2025

- Full operation in 2025