Main contractor appointed to multi-million-pound planetarium


G F Tomlinson will deliver a multi-million-pound planetarium in Nottinghamshire. 

by Rory ButlerFebruary 17, 2023

The firm has been appointed main contractor to the new facility at Sherwood Observatory Science Discovery Centre, in Sutton-in-Ashfield, via the SCAPE Beyond the Public Sector framework. 

Works will see a disused underground Victorian reservoir, dug in the 1880s, transformed into an education centre for school and group visits. 


  • state-of-the-art planetarium 
  • exhibition hall 
  • classrooms 
  • café and meeting rooms 

The scheme by Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society, aims to inspire careers in STEM and promote it as a tourist attraction. 


  • Levelling-Up Fund (£3.1 million) 
  • Ashfield District Council Towns Fund 

The new centre is expected to complete in Autumn 2024. 

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