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First Light Pavilion Complete and Receives Award!

First Light Pavilion Complete and Receives Award!

First Light Pavilion for the University of Manchester has just been completed and is already the winner of the Innovation Award by the North West Regional Construction Awards, as well as the Cheshire, Wirral and Warrington Sub-Regional Project of the Year Award!

This new visitor’s centre is located at the UNESCO site of Jodrell Bank, accommodating an exhibition space dedicated to presenting the history of Jodrell Bank, a projection space, a café, and a flexible education hub.

It is the first concrete dome building in the UK in 25 years and the 76m diameter manmade green hill, equal to the size of the Lovell Telescope, will offer a platform for the astronomy society organising special events.


Hassell worked with the University of Manchester through Stages 1-3, whilst jmarchitects and Kier Construction saw the building through Stage 4-Completion, co-ordinating with sub-contractors and consultants. jmarchitects ensured that it was constructed within budget and on time.

Teresa Anderson, Director Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said: “This is another major milestone in our First Light Project which has been kindly supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and we are overjoyed to be able to see the construction of our stunning new building come to completion. Kier has done an incredible job realising the building’s ambitious design and we can’t wait to begin the next stage of exhibition planning and installation before finally welcoming visitors into the building next year.”

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📷 Positive Image Photography/ Beccy Lane

Credit: Olga Vlagkouli, jmarchitects Manchester

Olga Vlagkouli

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