A new book provides insight into the architecture and design of a new nuclear medical isotope reactor and research facility in the Netherlands. It has been published by the key partners in the project being the Foundation Preparation PALLAS-reactor (PALLAS) and the ICHOS consortium (INVAP and TBI with the group companies Croonwolter&dros and Mobilis) with principal architect Royal HaskoningDHV.
The new medical isotope reactor will replace the existing High Flux Reactor in a project which is vital for the continuity of production and supply of medical isotopes to health services across the world. The current reactor supplies 70% of the isotopes used for diagnoses in European hospitals, and 30% worldwide.
It is a unique and complex development involving a technically advanced and innovative production facility. Only a few such reactors exist worldwide. Royal HaskoningDHV is part of the integrated project team and has been closely involved in areas of architecture, architectural and structural engineering, building services and infrastructure. We have also provided support with regard to permits, safety and sustainability.
Design themes reflect core values of PALLAS
The reactor building has a monolithic, stable form, in which all functions, technical installations and safety facilities have been carefully integrated. The light, folded aluminum facade gives the building a human scale and a diffuse reflection of the changing natural light. The building is much more than the result of high-end engineering, its design is unique because it is also about the environment and society around the reactor.
Royal HaskoningDHV architect Robert Collignon further clarifies: “As an architect I feel responsible for providing people a central position in an innovative high-tech environment. An architect should even be able to insert ‘poetry’ into the complexity of a project with a highly industrial character. This creates an environment that in its turn creates a new horizon and opportunity to further stimulate progress.”
Future-proof workplace designed to develop into a lively campus
The new reactor sits at the heart of a high-tech working area that has been designed to develop into a lively campus to attract companies, research facilities and top talent in the field of sustainable energy systems and healthcare.
Underlining the sustainability ambitions, the office building is aiming for BREEAM Excellent certification. Installations supporting this include solar panels and intelligent heating and ventilation systems. The same BREEAM sustainability measures are being applied in the support building and the reactor building where they are functional and possible in respect to the primary process.