Where did the idea of the Science Capital expansion come from and how did the evolution from old to new Techniquest begin? Here’s what former CEO of Techniquest, Lesley Kirkpatrick, had to say:

What is the Science Capital project?

The Science Capital is a project where we have radically transformed our science discovery centre on Stuart Street. It involved a significant extension of our building, which has allowed us to expand our offering and attract a more diverse audience.

Our new footprint houses innovative new content, developed with businesses and academics at the forefront of STEM in Wales and supported by a programme of community co-production, highlighting the role STEM technologies shape the future of our society.

Why was it necessary?

We wanted to make science accessible to everyone in Wales and as the oldest and one of the smallest science centres in the UK, we could only achieve this by radically transforming our building.

By appealing to a wider audience, we would be able to increase visitor numbers and improve the visitor experience dramatically, thus in turn generating additional income, all of which would ensure the future sustainability of our charity.


  • British Heart Foundation
  • Sony UK Technology Centre
  • National Imaging Academy
  • Welsh Water
  • Cardiff University

Where the funding came from

We are very grateful to the funders who helped us to make this project a reality — UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome Trust’s Inspiring Science Fund, Moondance Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, and Welsh Government’s ‘Invest to Save’ fund.

We also appointed a team of experts who worked with us on the extension — project managers Lee Wakemans, architects HLM, Wardell Armstrong, and engineers Hydrock.

UK Research and Innovation Wellcome Trust Moondance Foundation Garfield Weston Foundation Welsh Government Lee Wakemans HLM Architects Hydrock Wardell Armstrong