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SKYLINE CHANGES AGAIN AS BUILDINGS ARE DEMOLISHED
13 November 03
More demolition of redundant buildings has brought further changes to the skyline at Dounreay. The latest facilities to be knocked down are the old farmhouse and the former fast reactor facilities building known as D8542. Both buildings have been cleared to make way for new plants needed to retrieve and manage waste from the shaft and silo. Construction of D8542 was completed in 1962 with the work carried out by the Aberdeen construction firm, Alexander Hall & Son (Builders) Ltd. Its purpose was to provide workshop and laboratory facilities in support of the fast reactor development programme, and to provide office facilities for its engineering staff.
When the Dounreay Fast Reactor closed, the building was put to a number of other uses, including storage of the site archives. Latterly, it housed the Project Services Department and its main workshop stored the cores drilled from around Dounreay as part of the site's geological investigations. All stone, brick and concrete rubble from the demolitions will be removed and used as in-fill for the void left behind following the demolition of the DFR seawater pump-house.