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.”

How one simple trick can get you discounts at Techniquest Glyndwr & elsewhere in Wrexham!

Techniquest Glyndwr has this week teamed up with the guys at This Is Wrexham to further cement ourselves within the fantastic tourism scene of the county.

At the beginning of December we were paid a visit by This Is Wrexham who came to the centre to drop off some cards which offer you, our visitors, a fantastic opportunity for discounts at both Techniquest Glyndwr and elsewhere.

Once you spend £10 or more in our shop you are eligible for a free ‘This Is Wrexham’ Card that means you can redeem 10% off every visit you make to Techniquest Glyndwr, as well as offers for other attractions.

With Christmas fast approaching why not pop in to the centre to pick up some excellent deals on stocking fillers for the loved ones in your life with plenty of deals currently on offer, whilst picking up your very own card to save money throughout the year?

Katie Williams, Business Development and Stakeholder Engagement Officer at Techniquest Glyndwr has called the partnership a ‘great way of further engaging with Wrexham’s thriving tourism industry’.

“This Is Wrexham have been a key player in the recent success stories in Wrexham with their backing of huge events in the last couple of years, and we’re really pleased to be able to work with them.

“With so many people visiting the centre we hope they’ll take advantage of our fantastic offer for their next visit to Techniquest Glyndwr as well as at other destinations across the county.

“We’ve been a big part of the town’s tourism scene since opening in 2003 and hope that anyone who has already used their card elsewhere, will now think of Techniquest Glyndwr for their next family fun-filled day out”.

Joe Bickerton, Destination Manager for Wrexham County Borough Council added:

"The This Is Wrexham Tourism scheme is a private sector led partnership between 42 attractions, accommodation and event provides in Wrexham County - working together to support the Tourism Industry.

“The backbone of this is their benefits card - which offers exclusive discounts at top attractions and places to stay and eat around the County.

“It's also great to see Techniquest Glyndwr taking part in this, as the centre provides a unique day out for visitors exploring North East Wales."

Find out more about This is Wrexham's card below.

 

NOTICE: Parking for Techniquest Glyndwr Christmas Market

This weekend Wrexham will be a hive of activity with a number of major events taking place within close proximity.

As well as the Comic-Con event taking place on the Plas Coch campus of Glyndwr University and the FA Cup tie between Wrexham and Newport County at the Racecourse Ground we’ll be hosting our very own Christmas market.

With three events in such close proximity the question of parking arises and Techniquest Glyndwr is pleased to be able to offer facilities to those arriving on the campus wishing to attend our event at the centre.

There will be limited parking at the Turf Hotel on Mold Road which is free to use for those attending the Christmas market between the hours of 10:30am until 16:30. The parking at the Turf will be for Techniquest Glyndwr only and those wishing to attend Comic-Con will not be permitted, with parking available on the University car park. The Turf Hotel is a 5-10 minute walk (pictured, below) and it is recommended you walk along Crispin Lane.

The Turf parking will be stewarded and we thank those involved for allowing use of the facility.

For Disabled visitors, there will be parking facilities outside the centre on Plas Coch campus, however this is in limited supply - please enter the campus via the entrance on Crispin Lane where you will be directed.