Techniquest Granted Planning Permission for Extension

14th Feb 2019

A £5.7m expansion of science discovery centre Techniquest has been given the go-ahead.

The extension will transform the UKs longest running science centre, increasing its footprint by 60 per cent.

Work on the project, that will provide an additional 9,000sq ft of exhibition floor space at the Cardiff Bay attraction will start this spring, after a planning application from the educational charity was approved by Cardiff Council.

The scheme will also include a new public entrance, cafe and shop, in addition to a designated community space, roof terrace and courtyard.

Work on the project is scheduled for completion next summer.

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techniquest said: "For the last two years we have been working really hard behind the scenes on the next phase in our evolution and we are delighted that planning has been granted for this exciting transformation.

"It means that our aspirations to extend and diversify our audiences, making science accessible to all, can progress in earnest.

"The approved design will give our much-loved facility a contemporary look and dynamic welcome to our loyal and new visitors. It'll give our charity a new lease of life, while ensuring a sustainable and long-term future in Wales."

Lee Wakemans is project managing the development, with local architects HLM having put together the plans, working alongside planning consultants Wardell Armstrong, and engineering consultants Hydrock.