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    Nevill Long delivers on MET office supercomputer development

    6th January 2017


    Nevill Long were delighted to play a part in the construction of the new Met office facility at Exeter Science Park, designed to house the meteorological organisations’ brand new £97m ‘CRAY XC40’ supercomputer.

    The mammoth ‘weather brain’, capable of processing 2 million calculations per second in order to accurately forecast climate conditions, weighs around 110 tonnes – equivalent to 11 double decker buses.

    The development, scheduled to become operational in spring 2017 has been overseen by Main Contractor Willmott Dixon. Subcontractor CAP, specialists in ceilings and partitions, utilised the services of Encon’s Plymouth branch, placing a large order for materials for use in the construction of this revolutionary facility.

    Using a red cedarwood linear product system designed by Hunter Douglas Architectural Ceilings, delivered to site by Nevill Long, a stunning internal space was created which also achieved the acoustic absorption required for a quiet working environment.

    Speaking about the landmark project, Branch Director Justin Moylan-Jones commented, ‘it’s a fantastic coup for us to have been involved in the construction of such an important technological development. The facility not only impresses architecturally, but it’s also a fascinating part of the region’s growing scientific business community.’