The Research Complex at Harwell is a multi-disciplinary Institute that enables and exploits research at the UK's Central Facilities, Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron Source and the Central Laser Facility on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus
Research Complex Harwell is currently available for remote access only due to COVID-19 restrictions. Physical access possible for COVID-19 related projects. For information on the availability of specific technologies, view the Technology Availability List or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check here regularly for updates.
How to find us
The Campus is located directly off the A34, accessed from Junction 13 of the M4 motorway in less than 10 minutes (9 miles). Junctions 8 and 9 of the M40 are both within 30 minutes of the Campus.
The Research Complex at Harwell is located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
RCaH has limited parking available next to the building but spaces are avalible in the RAL site visitors carpark which is a 10 min walk away.
The nearest rail station is Didcot Parkway, served by trains from London Paddington.
RCaH is about a 15-20 minute drive from Didcot Parkway railway station, and about 35-40 minutes from Oxford railway station.
A regular bus service runs to the campus.
Science Transit Shuttle timetable – the Science Transit Shuttle runs every half hour from 7am to 7pm between Harwell Campus and Oxford University. It is specifically for use by people commuting between the two sites.
Thames Travel bus timetable – a dedicated bus shuttle service, with four buses per hour in each direction from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, serves the Didcot Parkway Rail Station to Harwell Campus route (bus numbers X32 and 32A).
Travelling from airports
Harwell is about one hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport and two hours from Gatwick Airport.
Facilities at the Research Complex Site
There are a number of hotels nearby and also accommodation can sometimes be arranged on the campus at Ridgeway House or in Abingdon at The Cosener’s House.
Restaurant facilities are provided both on the RAL site and as part of the meeting and conference facilities at The Cosener’s House.
Further information about the Harwell Campus is available at: www.harwellcampus.com
The Membrane Protein Laboratory (MPL) at the Research Complex Harwell is a research and training user facility open to scientists from laboratories anywhere in the world that are interested in the Structural Biology of Membrane Proteins. The laboratory combines recently developed high throughput technologies for membrane protein production and crystallisation with the latest developments in X-ray diffraction data collection systems at Diamond MX beamlines. Our team of in house support scientists are on hand to help visitors with all aspects of their experimental design and setup.
The Membrane Protein Laboratory (MPL) at the Research Complex Harwell is a research and training user facility open to scientists from laboratories anywhere in the world that are interested in the Structural Biology of Membrane Proteins. The laboratory combines recently developed high throughput technologies for membrane protein production with sample preparation for crystallisation and cryo-electron microscopy. As a Wellcome funded support facility within Diamond Light Source we are uniquely placed to utilise the latest state-of-the-art developments in X-ray diffraction data collection and cryo-electron microscopy.