People and Contacts

The SKA is a global organisation, with its headquarters at the world famous Jodrell Bank Observatory

The SKA Organisation headquarters, located near to, and with views of the iconic Lovell Telescope is the central control hub for a global team who, over the next decade, will be coordinating and managing every aspect of the design, construction and development of the SKA – the largest radio telescope ever seen on Earth.

Lovell Telescope

The 76m wide Lovell Telescope: An icon of radio astronomy – (c) Anthony Holloway

The building, funded by the University of Manchester, is a state of the art facility, built to high environmental standards for consumables and renewable energy use, and one, which will eventually be home to upwards of 60 members of staff, including visiting scientists and engineers.

Designed by architects Fielden Clegg Bradley and built by John Turner Construction Group, the building uses numerous environmentally friendly engineering solutions by Capita Symonds to ensure a minimal environmental impact. Natural lighting is provided by the huge glass facade, and the architectural teams have made important efforts to ensure that the ventilation, lighting and heating systems are as energy efficient as possible. Built in just over 6 months, the SKA Organisation office has been in use since November 2012, when the team moved from the Alan Turing Building at the University of Manchester.

To find out more about the SKA Organisation and the people behind it as well as our partners around the world, you can click on any of the links toward the bottom of the page. These will take you to the appropriate section on our website.

The SKA Organisation Headquarters, at Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester, UK, and the Lovell Telescope in the background. Credit: SKA, R. Millenaar (ASTRON/SKA)

The Headquarters of the SKA Organisation – (c) SKA Organisation