£1.8m con­tract up for grabs to help trans­form vis­i­tor cen­tre

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AR­CHI­TECTS are be­ing sought for the new £19m Jo­drell Bank vis­i­tor cen­tre.

The Univer­sity of Manch­ester is call­ing for bids to de­liver its new ‘First Light’ vis­i­tor cen­tre at the world-fa­mous ob­ser­va­tory in Mac­cles­field.

The pro­ject will cre­ate a new gallery telling the story of the site’s pi­o­neer­ing ra­dio as­tronomers. It is due to be com­pleted in 2021.

The win­ning team will de­velop an ex­ist­ing scheme for the new cir­cu­lar build­ing.

In a con­tract no­tice, the Univer­sity of Manch­ester said: “The First Light pro­ject is a Her­itage Lot­tery Fund (HLF) sup­ported ini­tia­tive that aims to con­serve and re­store the her­itage at the Jo­drell Bank site and cre­ate a spec­tac­u­lar new vis­i­tor space to dis­play the his­tory of ra­dio as­tron­omy.

“This pro­ject will be part of a wider in­vest­ment and de­vel­op­ment at Jo­drell Bank.”

Be­tween five and eight teams will be short­listed for the £1.8m con­tract.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is April 6.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ap­ply call 0161 275 2160 or email pro­cure­ment@ manch­ester.ac.uk

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