Discovery Centre Jodrell Bank

University of Manchester

This high profile project included the construction of a new ‘live science’ Discovery Centre at the world famous Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. Two single storey steel framed buildings formed the Planet and Space Pavilions, featuring bespoke cladding and glazed curtain walling..

The Planet Pavilion, the main welcome centre, included a stylish glass-walled cafeteria with outside terrace and spectacular views of the iconic Lovell telescope. An exhibition room featured a model of the Solar System educating visitors about the planets and Universe.

The Space Pavilion incorporated the main multi-purpose exhibition as well as events and education space providing hands on interactive activities based on the workings of Jodrell Bank.

John Turner also formed new trail paths to the Arboretum and surrounding landscaping to create a new Galaxy Maze and Space Garden. Works also included enhancements to the car park and surrounding trail paths.

The site was shortlisted for World Heritage Site status and now has the capacity to welcome over 80,000 visitors every year.

This project achieved a BREEAM Very Good rating and a Considerate Constructors score of 33.5 out of 40.

Client: University of Manchester

We’re delighted that our new Centre is opening bang on schedule and that it will be such a great experience for visitors. We’re really looking forward to welcoming lots of new people to Jodrell Bank in the next few months and years.
Dr Teresa Anderson, Director – Jodrell Bank, University of Manchester

Our client’s responses

” John Turner has won a number of tenders at Edge Hill University and has been consistently successful in completing high quality projects, on programme and on budget. “

” I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to your entire team who were responsible for delivering such a successful project. We would especially like to recognise the dedication and commitment your team gave the project which was completed with minimal disruption to our hospital functions. ”

” The project has been a real success and this is due to the professional and well organised manner in which John Turner’s staff conducted themselves. There was excellent communication with a priority for safeguarding the pupils and staff at all times. “

” It is extremely refreshing to know that the enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication and humour is still available in the right proportions to make things happen in the construction industry. What is most pleasing is that at all times, the requirements of the Client and Church of England Pensions Boards as the end-user was paramount. Collectively, we have achieved completion on time, a building within budget and in some areas exceeded the client’s expectations. “

” Just a line to express my thanks and appreciation of your sterling efforts to secure the completion of this project within the agreed programme. I am impressed by both the attitude and approach of your organisation. Thanks once again on behalf of my colleagues and the clinical staff with whom you developed a true spirit of co-operation under difficult circumstances. “




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