CERN Large Hadron Collider Control Room

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets.  CCD was commissioned to design the main control room that operates this amazing facility.

Client: CERN
Location:  Geneva, Switzerland

What we did

CCD introduced into to the LHC control room design programme a structured process involving consultation with key stakeholders, a systematic review of operational needs and a realistic assessment of what could be achieved in ergonomic terms.

We worked to the control room standard (ISO 11064) in designing the programme. It involved tasks including:

• Analysis of comparable control room operations

• Development of workstation layouts and SAMMIE modelling

• Preparation of an operational specification

• Review and assessment of room layouts

• Interior specifications including finishes

• CAD modelling of the completed room

• Development of room layouts

• LINK analysis


How we added value

  • The client benefited from a centre which worked ‘first time’ without any of the remedial work that often arises from an unstructured approach. 
  • The new centre went operational in 2008. Our client has expressed a high level of satisfaction with our work and the outcome to this flagship programme.