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Hadron Collider ventilation job for UK firm

A UK company has won £1m-worth of contracts to upgrade ventilation systems at CERN, which operates the Large Hadron Collider.

Arcade will start work this month on its latest contract, as CERN closes to allow upgrade work to commence.

The contract was won through the Science & Technology Facilities Council’s membership of CERN, which introduced Cambridge-based Arcade at a Meet the Buyer event in 2011.

Having been invited to tender for a number of projects, the company has won several contracts and has developed skills to deliver work in a range of scientific environments.

It has completed the heating and ventilation systems for part of the CMS experiment (one of two experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider involved in the discovery of the Higgs boson last year) and is also due to start work on a variety of projects across the CERN site, such as improvements to the cooling systems for a server room and the installation of redundant pumps and ventilation for parts of the LHC.

Arcade managing director Mike West said: “The projects that we have contributed to at CERN over the last year have had a significant impact on our business – our work there has led to an expansion in our engineering team and we have seen a positive increase in this year’s turnover.”

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