Construction Milestone for First Light Pavilion

Posted 27 Jul, 2021

We’re thrilled to announce that our beautiful First Light Pavilion was awarded for Innovation and Project of the Year at the North West Regional Construction Awards this week.

The recent completion of the construction phase marked a major milestone in our National Lottery Heritage Fund and DCMS supported project that will transform Jodrell Bank into a world-class visitor attraction and national heritage destination.

The grass-covered, dome-shaped building, complete with stunning cutaways including a curved entranceway that reflects the arc of the sun, was designed by HASSELL and built by Kier. The work of constructing of such a uniquely designed building presented Kier with a number of technical challenges, not least creating the largest reinforced concrete dome in Europe.

We are delighted to have handed over the First Light Pavilion. The project’s construction phase completion highlights the expertise of the team working on it.

Peter Commins, regional director at Kier Regional Building North West

Kier have 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.

Teresa Anderson, Director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Work on the project continues as we prepare the building for opening in 2022. Once complete, the First Light Pavilion will house a new permanent exhibition, designed by Casson Mann, telling the inspirational story of Jodrell Bank and its pioneering scientists, along with an immersive projection space, temporary exhibitions gallery and café.

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