Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Odyssey's W5 plans £4.5m transformation

By Staff Reporter

The W5 centre at the Odyssey in Belfast is set to undergo a £4.5m revamp by the venue's owners.

The science and discovery centre will receive £3m of funding from the Inspiring Science Fund, which is a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome, with a further £1.5m invested from The Odyssey Trust.

Eric Porter, chairman of the Odyssey Trust, said: "Our contribution to the overall funding package is part of the trust's wider objective to transform the Odyssey into a hub for families in Northern Ireland.

"Public engagement is at the heart of the transformation and we want to invest in the complex to help improve our facilities and provide families with a number of high quality experiences under one roof."

The revamp will take around 24 to 30 months to complete.

Wendy Langham, head of social affairs at the Odyssey Trust, said: "We are delighted to have secured the Inspiring Science funding and the opportunities it will support for wider public engagement in enhanced learning opportunities.

"This investment ensures an exciting future for W5 for the benefit of the people of Northern Ireland."

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