Discover: Specialists sought to design and build free, family friendly attraction in Scunthorpe town centre

Tourism, Museums and The Arts
15:55, Wednesday, 24th April 2024

Suppliers are being sought by exhibition design specialists to create ‘Discover@20-21’, a free attraction to fuel children’s imaginations in the heart of Scunthorpe.

A tender has been launched to design and build the engaging installations in the former St. John’s Church – which is currently undergoing a dramatic restoration.

Funded by Government levelling-up cash, ‘Discover@20-21’ will become a free, family-friendly attraction full of hands-on experiences to inspire children in science, technology, engineering, art, and maths. It’s planned to open to visitors in April 2025.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This flagship science and technology attraction is the latest part of our plan to create a new regional attraction and different future for Scunthorpe town centre.

“We are using Government cash to bring unique, brand-new experiences into the town for families. Discover@20-21 will be packed with fun activities for children and will be free to enjoy.”

The new installations at Discover@20-21 will be bold and immersive, sparking curiosity and encouraging children and young teens to explore the world around them.

Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities (urban), said:

“For the past two years we’ve held a series of hugely popular Discover events which have seen thousands of families visit the town centre to enjoy interactive activities and fascinating science experiments.

“We’re now going further, creating a permanent Discover attraction where children can enjoy hands-on experiences designed to help them think big and aim high, all whilst having fun. It will be a significant addition to Scunthorpe and I can’t wait for it to take shape.”

Businesses interested in tendering for the opportunity should submit their application on the YORtender website.

The development of the new attraction is part of the more than £80m of Government funding which has backed the council’s plans for creating a new future in North Lincolnshire. This includes cash for roads, new motorway junctions, enabling people to develop their skills and supporting communities.

Featured image: Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council is pictured with Scott Green, site manager at UK Restoration Services at the top of the former St. John’s Church in Scunthorpe.