Space Centre reveals ambitious £7.8m expansion plans

The National Space Centre has unveiled proposals for a multi-million pound expansion.

The award winning centre already has the UK’s largest planetarium, with six interactive galleries, a unique 3D Simulator Experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower.

The new plans include the creation of a new main entrance, an extension for live presentations, and a new space mission simulation facility.

At a cost of £7.8m, it would be its biggest expansion since 2004.


Chief Executive, Chas Bishop said the centre has grown significantly in the past seven years, and that visitor numbers have increased by 50%.

If the planning application is successful, phase one will be finished in time for the 2018 summer holidays.

Phases two and three will then depend on the centre getting more money.

Based in the north of the city, the Space Centre is one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions devoted to space science and astronomy.

The iconic building was designed by Nicholas Grimshaw, and opened to the public in June 2001.

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