Historic huts go

Historic huts go

Erected at Dounreay in the mid nineteen-sixties, (when the Beatles were in their hey-day), to house the team that built PFR, the cluster of office buildings known as DN023 have now been demolished.

We believe the wooden huts were previously built and used at Harwell before being transported several hundred miles north to be reconstructed for use at Dounreay.

The complex consisted of three separate office blocks running parallel to each other, and a utilities section, all of single-storey, pitched roof construction.

The huts were vacated last year in preparation for demolition with the soft stripping and flattening of the facilities completed in early November 2010.

Project manager Ray Torley explained: "The demolition of any building is not without its challenges and the presence of hazardous materials meant careful planning and team work to ensure the work was carried out safely. DSRL and its contractors completed this work to time and to cost which is a credit to everyone involved.

"A great deal of the redundant materials and some equipment has/is being re-cycled and our thanks go to the waste department, Marie Mackay, and senior DSRL staff, for their assistance with this task."

Johnson Controls carried out the demolition work on behalf of DSRL as part of the site’s ongoing decommissioning programme. This area will now be remediated, soil from D6500 will be transported to the area and spread. Come early Spring the area will be sown with grass-seed.

DN031, a redundant office facility, sited to the West of DN023 was demolished at the same time. This facility was of similar construction with the addition of a light duty metal skeleton, the footprint will also be remediated.