Techniquest secures £3 million to mount expansion plans

Techniquest has secured £3 million of government funding to radically transform its science discovery centre in Cardiff Bay.

It’s been awarded the money from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome Trust’s Inspiring Science Fund.

With the investment, the charity will be able to go ahead with plans to extend its building on Stuart Street and build a more diverse range of STEM experiences for audiences.

Along with this funding, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Welsh Government’s ‘Invest to Save’ fund and Proton Partners International are backing the Science Capital project.

The organisation has enlisted the expertise of project managers Lee Wakemans, architects HLM and engineers Hydrock to begin work on the Science Capital. They’re expected to submit plans soon.

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techniquest, said she’s extremely excited that these plans are becoming a reality and said the charity will continue to revolutionise STEM learning.

“We are over the moon to be awarded this funding and are grateful to BEIS and Wellcome for believing in our ambitions,” she said in a statement.

“It is the culmination of over a year and a half of hard work from our talented team, who are extremely passionate about this next phase in our evolution.

“It means that our plans to expand our science discovery centre and extend our offering to make science accessible to all, can progress in earnest giving our charity a new lease of life, while ensuring a sustainable and long-term future in Wales.”

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “Today’s funding announcement is a welcome boost to many science centres across the UK, and I can’t think of a more worthy recipient than Techniquest in Cardiff Bay.

“The centre is home to many fond memories of children and adults in South Wales and further afield, who were perhaps taking an interest in science and technology for the first time.

“This funding will allow Techniquest to leap forward in developing cutting edge STEM technology, attracting some of Wales’ sharpest science minds to take a lead role in developing our future society.”

Science Minister Sam Gyimah added: “We want to bring the wonders of science to as wide an audience as possible and that’s why it is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy.

“Today’s investment will help inspire people from across the country to learn about the truly amazing benefits that science and technology has on all our lives.”