Culham is built upon the site of the old Royal Naval Air Station HMS Hornbill which had been commissioned in 1944. The airfield was operational as part of the Fleet Air Arm between 1944 and 1953.
In the late 1950's the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority identified Culham as a suitable site for the construction of a brand new purpose built laboratory for plasma physics and fusion research and this research continues to the present day.
Culham's status has been further enhanced in recent years by the decision in the late 1970's that Culham would be the site for the Joint European Torus (JET). Teams of scientists from our European partners and further afield work together in a combined effort to create clean, sustainable energy sources for future generations.
Professor Steve Cowley, CEO, UK Atomic Energy Authority outlines Culham’s exciting future;
“In relation to our own business objectives we intend to ensure that the UK continues to play a central role in the development of fusion energy as a sustainable commercial energy source. Equally we want to continue to support the companies that are located here in their growth and development.
We have therefore been planning for the necessary changes to the site over the next several years. We have already made a start in clearing redundant and obsolete buildings and facilities, and adapting and changing the use of some of the existing buildings as requirements have developed. We also want to see new development on the site. To this end we are working with the local planning authority, South Oxfordshire District Council, on a framework masterplan for the site to guide its future development, in a way that will enable us to meet the challenges of the future within the various constraints that apply.
To gain an insight into how we aim to continue to develop the site as a leading centre of science and technology expertise and as a high tech business location offering high quality employment, we have put together this Stakeholder Communication e-book to share our vision with you.
I hope you find the e-book informative and as plans progress, there will be further updates available on www.culham.org.uk