I was interested to find that the history of this site goes back to the post-war era. The original fusion energy research labs were opened in the mid 1960′s. The main building has a weighty cantilevered facade which hovers over a delicate structure of glass with coloured panels. Employees at CCFE commented that it seems dated compared to some of the contemporary new buildings housing science facilities in the area. This may be true, but this building also gives a sense of the history of fusion energy research in this area. At the time of it’s design this was a bold and confident statement.