Town Centre Purchase and Further Plans Revealed

  • North Wales Science Ltd completes building purchase
  • Change of use approved by Wrexham CBC
  • Public thoroughfare plans revealed

Techniquest Glyndwr is thrilled to confirm that the purchase of the property within the centre of Wrexham – formerly occupied by TJ Hughes – has been completed.

North Wales Science Ltd has successfully procured the building and now work can begin creating a new science discovery centre within the heart of the community.

In June 2019 it was revealed that we had successfully acquired funding to make the purchase and create a brand new experience for visitors and schools alike, with the ball firmly rolling on the next steps for TQG.

In what is set to be an exciting 12-months for the organisation, the community are now being consulted on all aspects of the new centre. The purchase of the building is a major step towards the occupation of the Henblas Square property.

Planning has been submitted and approved for change of use by Wrexham County Borough Council for the centre that will include exhibition space, café, science shop, laboratories and theatre space.

The centre will also include a public thoroughfare, a welcome return for visitors to Wrexham town centre.

More information on work at the site and plans are set to be revealed in the coming months.

 

Techniquest Glyndwr Centre manager Scot Owen said:

 

“The purchase of the building is a positive stride towards us occupying our new home and we’re thrilled that this has been completed.

“We were delighted with the response from the public and local businesses alike when we were finally able to announce that funding was in place to re-locate and now those in and around the town centre will be sure to spot changes and progress being made to the building over the coming months.

“With the change of use being approved and the plans in place for an excellent facility which includes the welcome return of the walkway linking Henblas Square and Chester Street the ball is firmly rolling.

“The chance to bring a Science Discovery Centre into the town centre and firmly embed ourselves within the community is fantastic and we can’t wait to reveal more news very soon”.

Confirmed | Major funding to secure Town Centre Move

Techniquest Glyndŵr are delighted to announce a major funding package has been secured allowing huge opportunities for the organisation. It will mean that the Wrexham based science centre will be finally be able to realise its long-held dream of moving to the town centre into the empty former TJ Hughes building.

The move will enable the Science Centre to make use of the much larger premises to offer an ambitious programme of science events and a much wider selection of interactive exhibits to the public and schools from across North Wales and North West England. This will offer an exciting and innovative programme of events and interactive experiences that will engage visitors from local communities and across the region with STEM.

The £2.8million project includes £1.75million grant funding awarded by the Inspiring Science Fund and £750,000 from Welsh Government’s Targeted Regeneration Investment programme. The Inspiring Science Fund supports science centres across the UK, helping them rethink what they do and what they offer to the public. The scheme is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome.

The bid for funding had the support of several key agencies in Wrexham including Wrexham Glyndŵr University and Wrexham County Borough Council who have been supporting the regeneration of the town centre.

The plans outlined in the bid have also received widespread public support, demonstrated by the large numbers of local people who visited the temporary science centre pop up over the summer months of 2018 when it was open during Wrexham’s series of monthly street festivals.

Local businesses in the town centre have also expressed their approval for the proposal to create a new town centre attraction which they see will help with the long term economic future of the town.

Many have been backing the #MyTQG campaign over the last 18 months and everyone including Ian Lucas MP, local government, businesses and the public have been right behind it. Techniquest Glyndwr is thankful for this support from our local community.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is now looking to local industry to support us financially and in-kind as we work hard over the next two years to develop the site and even more exciting projects.

The award of the funding begins an intensive 12-month period during which the town centre building will be purchased and converted into a fully operational science discovery centre to replace the existing centre on the Plas Coch Campus of Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

 

Scot Owen, Techniquest Glyndŵr Centre Manager said:

We’re thrilled to have secured the future of Techniquest Glyndŵr within the heart of our community here in Wrexham.

This move has been part of our vision for quite some time and now we’re able to actively begin to put our plans in place.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is committed to Wrexham and the town centre community, which goes hand in hand with inspiring young minds through STEM subjects. Having somewhere so embedded within the community will only be a positive for all.

We now continue to look forward in what is a very exciting time for both ourselves and Wrexham as a whole, with a fantastic opportunity to create something special for our region.

 

Hannah Blythyn, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government said:

“Moving Techniquest Glyndŵr to the centre of Wrexham will bring a fantastic visitor attraction to the heart of the town and attract more visitors in with its great mix of technology and science. I’m looking forward to seeing Techniquest Glyndŵr inspire many more young people in north Wales.”

 

Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham County Borough Council said:

“This is excellent news for Techniquest Glyndŵr and the town centre. It will really open up this part of town once again and I would like to both congratulate staff and all the Partners involved and thank them for their hard work and collaboration in securing this funding.

“The development will be part of the town centre regeneration which will see the Henblas Street and Chester Street areas brought into residential and retail use.

“With an announcement expected soon about the former BHS store the future is looking bright for this area of town.”

 

Lynda Powell, Director of North Wales Science said:

“This is absolutely great news – for Techniquest Glyndŵr, for Wrexham town centre, and for STEM in North and Mid Wales.

“This funding will help secure Techniquest Glyndŵr in a key town centre location – one which is seeing a range of private and public sector investment. The development will be a key part of the regeneration of our town centre.

It means that Wrexham Glyndŵr University can continue extending the community work it has been doing with its portfolio of science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. That work is an investment in our regional skills base that has been has developed alongside industry partners, and it will help to boost our economy for years to come.”