The NQCC facility will be located at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. The vision for the facility is to create a landmark building that will distinguish the NQCC as a world-leading scientific research institution. The ambition is to foster a vibrant environment that promotes collaboration between quantum hardware and software researchers, and attracts visitors and industry interest from across the UK and internationally. The mixed provision of office, meeting and laboratory spaces will enable multidisciplinary teams to collaborate, providing the necessary infrastructure and an environment in which to design, build, operate and host quantum computers. The facility is due for completion in early 2023.

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A landmark facility

Artist's impression of the view from outside the National Quantum Computing Centre building, looking across the forecourt

Image courtesy of Hawkins/Brown

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A space to collaborate

Artist's impression of the first floor collaboration space through the south spine of the National Quantum Computing Centre building.

Image courtesy of Hawkins/Brown

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A place to innovate

An aerial view of Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, a 700-acre site which is home to world-class national research facilities and industry clusters - an ideal location for the National Quantum Computing Centre

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A priority function of the Centre is to provide


  • High quality lab space
  • Secure and assured working environment
  • High quality interactive collaboration space
  • Suitable working environment for professional people in a highly competitive environment
  • A facility that inspires pride in the UK programme and attracts global talent to the UK and to the NQCC.


RIBA 2 Design freeze – August 2020
RIBA 3 Design – November 2020
Planning – January 2021
Site clearance –  May 2021
Facility handover – Mid 2023


Design Objectives

  1. To create a building that is responsive to the changing needs of developing and evolving quantum computing systems, including the development of software and algorithms.
  2. To create a prominent landmark, inviting external specialists to spend time at the campus
  3. To create a facility that fosters collaboration between software and hardware researchers
  4. To create a facility that supports world-class research and presents itself as the UK’s home of quantum computing

Facility Fly-Through