Work is under way on a new conference centre at the Harwell Campus.

Backed by the UK Space Agency, the centre, due for completion before the end of 2022, will form part of the European Space Agency’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT), which is based at campus.

It will have a conference hall for 300 people, which can be divided into smaller rooms. There will be two meeting rooms for 25 people, as well as breakout areas, exhibition space and rooms for interpreters and catering.

The new building, being built by Amiri Construction, will serve as a focal point to promote space-based collaboration and innovation in the booming UK space industry.

Elodie Viau, head of ECSAT, said: “We are proud to be working with the UK Space Agency to develop ESA’s state-of-the conference facility at ECSAT. By hosting international events and conferences, the centre will champion the role of space-based collaboration and innovation within the UK, as well as across Europe and globally. We look forward to welcoming our partners to the new conference centre.”

Paul Bate, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “The Harwell space cluster is renowned worldwide as a centre of excellence that showcases space capabilities from across the UK. This fantastic new conference centre anchors ESA in the UK and demonstrates the benefits of our ongoing ESA membership.

“This is an exciting time for the whole of the space sector and this new facility, capable of hosting global events, will support further growth and collaboration, not just in Oxfordshire but across the whole country.”

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