Glyndwr Techniquest to open a new science hub in North Wales
Educational charity Glyndwr Techniquest has confirmed that it’s to open a second science hub in North Wales in a bid to accelerate STEM learning in the region.
TQG already runs a science discovery centre at Glyndwr University in Wrexham. The new facility will be based at the old TJ Hughes store in Henblas Square.
Having secured a 12-month agreement for the premises, TQG said it “hopes to give the building a new lease of life”. It’ll host science days, exhibitions and fundraising events.
The centre will be supported by Wrexham Council, Glyndwr University and the Welsh Government, and will expand Techniquest’s existing activities in North Wales.
Iwan Thomas, chairman of the board of trustees at the organisation, said: “Techniquest Glyndŵr has a fantastic offer and this opportunity to have a presence in the town centre will really help to put us on the map and attract even more visitors to the town.
“This development will also add significantly to the cultural offer being developed by Wrexham Council, including the Ty Pawb arts hub, which will help to create additional footfall to all of the town centre businesses.
“With this presence in a prominent location in the town, in addition to our current centre, we will significantly increase our ability to engage people of all ages with science and technology.”
TQG is managed by North Wales Science Limited. Through this move, the organisation said it will be able to “increase visitor numbers as well as access further funding opportunities”.
Lynda Powell, director of operations for Glyndŵr University and board member of North Wales Science Limited, said: “The university had the foresight in setting up North Wales Science almost 15 years ago.
“Since then the charity has grown into the significant presence that Techniquest Glyndŵr has both on our campus and more widely in the community.”
She added: “With our close working relationship developed over the years we are pleased to have been able to assist with this venture as part of a long-term growth plan for Techniquest Glyndŵr.
“I would particularly like to acknowledge the proactive support of the building’s owners MCR Property Group which has made this development possible.”