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SKA Global HQ

Central control hub for a global team tasked with managing the construction, and remotely monitoring the operations of, the largest radio telescope ever seen on Earth.

The Vision

The SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Organisation HQ is the cenral control hub for the global team tasked with managing the construction and remotely monitoring the operations of the Square Kilometre Array telescopes, located in Southern Africa and Western Australia.

Equipped with a 10Gbit/s connection to the national research network, the building includes 18 rooms equipped with state of the art videoconferencing to work with teams spread over 20 time zones. The facilityu also includes Council Chamber which can be converted into a 160-seat auditorium for scientific conferences and public talks.

The building is located at the iconic Jodrell Bank site which contains the Grade I listed Lovell Telescope and is an active live science environment.

The project is jointly funded by The University of Manchester, the Department for Business, Engergy & Industrial Strategy (Science and Technology Facilities Council) and Cheshire East Council.

Our Role

We are providing Project Management Services as well as also providing the NEC PM and NEC Supervisor roles. Our duties include:

- Extensive Stakeholder Management - working closely with stakeholders including SKA representatives, University of Manchester and operational teams at Jodrell Bank to ensure that the project is deliverable and fit for purpose

- Site logistics and phasing around the live and occupied environment

- Programme Management

- Value Engineering

- Liaison and coordination with adjacent live project 'First Light Project' also being managed by Buro Four at the site

- Procurement and NEC advice

Key Information

University of Manchester - Square Kilometre Array Organisation Global HQ
4,200 sq m
Hassell Architects
Project Manager:
Buro Four
Employers Agent:
Buro Four
Main Contractor:
Sir Robert McAlpine
Quantity Surveyor:
Simon Fenton Partnership
Structural Engineer:
White Young Green
M&E Engineer:
Mott Macdonald