The New Safe Confinement is a mega project that is part of the Shelter Implementation Plan and supported by the Chernobyl Shelter Fund. ... The French consortium Novartis with partners Vinci Construction Grands Projects and Bouygues Travaux Public's designed and built the New Safe Confinement. The purpose of the structure is to contain the radioactive material released by the Chernobyl disaster. It was built to replace the aging sarcophagus, which was built in 1986 shortly after the explosion and by 2016 was beginning to crumble.