Good news for Jodrell Bank as it has now been chosen to be the permanent site for the SKA headquarters. As George Osborne tweeted this evening: ‘Just heard: HQ of Square Kilometre Array, one of world’s biggest science projects, won by UK at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire #NorthernPowerhouse’
“Decision on the SKA Headquarters
The Members of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project have today (29th April 2015) decided that negotiations should start with the UK government to locate the permanent Headquarters of the future SKA Observatory in the UK, at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank site – current site of the SKA Organisation’s Headquarters.
Members of the SKA partnership were invited to bid to host the Headquarters in 2014. Two bids were received, from Italy and the United Kingdom, both of which were judged to be excellent and suitable for the project’s needs. After consideration, the Members have expressed their preference for the Jodrell Bank site.”
Source: SKA press release 29th April 2015