Funding announced for Jodrell Bank science centre

The Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory, part of The University of Manchester, is to build a new “live Science” centre called the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre after funding was approved by two regional development boards and planning permission was also achieved. From the North West Regional Development Agency press release:

The project includes a Planet Pavilion entrance building with an orientation centre and stylish glass-walled café with spectacular views of the Lovell telescope, a Space Pavilion for exhibitions and events as well as an education space and landscaping of the Arboretum to create a new Galaxy Maze and a Space Garden. It aims to inspire budding young scientists and showcase cutting-edge research ‘as it happens’.

The Planet Pavilion is set to open by the end of the year and all work will be completed by summer 2011.

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