All the high bay steel is now in place and the crane beam for the full length of the high bay will be installed starting next week. Sandwich panels are in progress on the north side of Active Cell high bay. The Experimental Hall 2 steel frame is complete, and contractor UPB has started with the roof trusses. Work on the steel columns in Experimental Hall 1 is scheduled to start later in March.
The NMX cave is ready for the next phase of construction, as the foundation and plinth are now complete. Precast wall erection is upcoming.
Cable is being drawn for the Radio Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) and Medium Energy Beam Transport (MEBT). and Drift Tube Linac (DTL) sections, connecting the installations on the Gallery side to the tunnel, via the chicane-shaped stubs. Terminations, where cables are being connected to the end point, are currently in progress for the RFQ and are scheduled for completion this summer, with handover to ESS planned for August.
The first inner vault on level 1 on the west side of the Waste Treatment Facility building was cast this week. The building is divided into three main sections, where the middle part is a hall that will house a large overhead crane. In the east side of the building, work is ongoing with form and reinforcement of the level 1 vault. Four casting sessions remain for the building, after which work will continue with HDF (hollow core slabs) for the roof. The facades for the Waste Building will look like those on the Central Utility Building when completed.
Installation of lightning foundations is in progress along the east Circular Road, between the Central Utility Building and Waste Treatment Facility. Completion works outside the buildings is also in progress, with kerb stones and walkways being added along the Gallery Building. The Civil section is also busy building a new service road to the power plant on the west outskirts of the site perimeter.