02.05.2001 Glasgow Science Centre – attraction of the future

Glasgow Science Centre, the £75 million Millennium Project taking shape on the south bank of the Clyde at Pacific Quay, is using Scotland’s Travel Trade Fair to announce itself as the leading Scottish attraction of the future.
The project, recipient of the largest single co-funded by a variety of bodies including the Glasgow Development Agency. ScottishPower’s support is for the Centre’s Space Theatre, a 120-seat state-of-the-art domed theatre showing astronomy and laser shows. Its involvement was welcomed by the centre and endorsed by Henry McLeish.
“This alliance is a model for our partnership with Scottish business”, said Paul Smith, Glasgow Science Centre’s Chief Executive. “In choosing to be associated with the Centre Scottish Power has signalled it is a forward-looking company which cares about educational and cultural provision, and I know that our alliance with them will guarantee a world-class resource for teachers and parents.”
Sir Ian Robinson, Scottish Power Chief Executive, said “This is a major investment in the Millennium for ScottishPower. As a company which daily utilises advances in science for the benefit of its businesses and customers throughout the UK, we are delighted to help develop what is going to be a major national resource for the promotion of science, especially among young people. We will also look forward to utilising the Space Theatre in the education and training activities organised through our own learning company, ScottishPower Learning.”
This announcement takes place during National Science Week, organised by the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Further information on Science Week can be found at the BAAS’s website at www.britassoc.org.uk

1) The Glasgow Science Centre is a £75m Millennium project, the largest of its type in the UK and the second largest Millennium project in Scotland. It is located on a riverside site alongside the River Clyde on the former site of the Glasgow Garden Festival, which has lain derelict since 1988. The site is in the district of Govan, an area recognised as likely to benefit from substantial investment. The centre will create up to 600 construction jobs and approximately 120 jobs once fully operational in Spring 2001.
2) GSC’s core funders are: · The Millennium Commission · Glasgow Development Agency · Scottish Enterprise · The European Union through Strathclyde European Partnership · Glasgow City Council

The development of the Glasgow Science Centre is being part-financed by the European Union through the 1997-99 Western Scotland Objective 2 Programme. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant of £19.754M is the largest single grant in the history of the Structural Funds in Western Scotland. This award is made in anticipation of the major catalyst effect anticipated for the wider regeneration of the urban river corridor and compliments the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre and Glasgow Tall Ship on the north bank – both previous ERDF recipients.


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