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New FCBS schemes move forward at Jodrell Bank

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A pair of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) projects at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory have taken significant steps forward

In a move that marks the latest in a long line of schemes by the practice at the University of Manchester facility, FCBS’ concept plans for a new visitor attraction telling the story of the research station have been awarded £12.15m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The total cost of the project is £19m.

The First Light pavilion will complement Jodrell Bank’s existing FCBS-designed Discovery Centre, and capitalise on its status as the only remaining site in the world that shows the whole history of the development of radio-astronomy - including the grade I-listed Lovell Telescope.

The HLF decision came less than three weeks after international research group the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) organisation agreed to push ahead with expanding its existing FCBS-designed base at Jodrell Bank as its global headquarters, with a new scheme created by the practice.

The SKA organisation is currently working on plans to create the world’s largest radio telescope.

FCBS partner Oliver Kampshoff said the practice was ‘immensely proud’ to be involved with the projects.

‘Our masterplan for the site creates a new campus for the SKA and helps to ensure that Jodrell Bank remains at the forefront of astrophysics research,’ he said.

‘The design for the campus draws inspiration from the international nature of the SKA organisation, centred around a parliament-style council chamber. The individual buildings of the SKA organisation are linked by three landscaped areas, each representing one of the physical roots of the SKA project: The headquarters located in the UK and the telescopes situated in Australia and South Africa.’

SKA headquarters

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ proposed SKA organisation headquarters at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire

SKA headquarters

Aerial view of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ proposed SKA organisation headquarters at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire


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