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Jodrell Bank Laboratory, Cheshire

In 2010 we were successful in winning instruction as planning consultant for the delivery of new visitor facilities at the Jodrell Bank Observatory on behalf of the University of Manchester.

The Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank is a Grade I Listed Building, immediately recognisable as an iconic landmark within the Cheshire countryside. It fulfils a dual role of scientific research establishment and unique visitor attraction, but was lacking modern visitor facilities and exhibition spaces.

Emery Planning co-ordinated submission of a planning application for 2 new buildings to provide state-of-the-art welcome facilities, café and visitor comfort services, exhibition areas and interactive display spaces, eating and events spaces and a retail area. These have significantly improved the visitor experience.

In 2011, Emery Planning was again instructed to obtain planning permission for a new 1200m² office building at Jodrell Bank. This would provide a project office for the Square Kilometre Array Project. This is a collaborative partnership involving 67 organisations in 20 countries at the forefront of research in astrophysics and other scientific disciplines.

Planning permission for both was achieved within very tight set deadlines.

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