His­toric tele­scope site in run­ning for £12m

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

JO­DRELL Bank has cleared the first hur­dle in its bid to win a £12m grant from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund (HLF).

The cash is for a project called ‘First Light’ which will cre­ate a new space for vis­i­tors to learn about the jour­ney to dis­cover more about the uni­verse.

Bosses also plan to con­serve and re­store the re­search fa­cil­ity owned by the Uni­ver­sity of Manch­ester.

The scheme has won HLF’s of­fi­cial sup­port for a bid and devel­op­ment fund­ing of £784,800 which will help them ap­ply for a full grant at a later date.

This means the HLF be­lieve the project has po­ten­tial to de­liver high­qual­ity benefits and value for Lot­tery money.

The project now has up to two years to sub­mit fully de­vel­oped pro­pos­als to se­cure a firm award.

Coun­cil­lor Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, said: “This is great news for a world­fa­mous icon of Cheshire East. We are de­lighted that the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund is back­ing this project, which will bring many more vis­i­tors to the Bor­ough and also in­spire young peo­ple to en­joy study­ing science and per­haps one day be­come the as­tronomers and en­gi­neers who will keep the UK at the fore­front of global re­search.

“Cou­pled with the suc­cess­ful bid to re­main as the head­quar­ters of the Square Kilo­me­tre Ar­ray – the project to build the world’s largest ra­dio tele­scope – this un­der­lines the huge value of Jo­drell Bank to Cheshire East.”

Last year the Macclesfield ob­ser­va­tory re­ceived a £6 mil­lion wind­fall to start work­ing on the most com­pli­cated com­puter which will be able to crunch huge amounts of data.

Jo­drell Bank is the only site in the world which still shows the whole his­tory of the devel­op­ment of ra­dio as­tron­omy.

Among its dis­cov­er­ies are feats of post-war en­gi­neer­ing and the cre­ation of the Grade I-listed Lovell tele­scope.

Prof Brian Cox wel­comed the news.

He said: “I am re­ally pleased to hear that the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund is sup­port­ing the her­itage of Jo­drell Bank.

“The rich sci­en­tific his­tory of the UK is a key part of our cul­ture and Jo­drell Bank is the stand-out icon of UK science and en­gi­neer­ing. When I was young, vis­it­ing Jo­drell Bank was one of the things that in­spired me to be­come a sci­en­tist. This new project will in­spire many more young peo­ple to carry on our great tra­di­tion of science and en­gi­neer­ing.”

‘Jo­drell Bank is the stand-out icon of UK science’

Ant Holloway

●● The Grade I-listed Lovell Tele­scope at Jo­drell Bank which is bid­ding for £12.1m from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund

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