Techniquest submits plans for Science Capital project

By Raspberry Jim,

Techniquest has submitted a planning application for its £5.7m Science Capital project, which will see the radical transformation and expansion of its science discovery centre in Cardiff Bay.

Planning has been submitted to extend the educational charity’s current building on Stuart Street to create an additional 900m2 of exhibition floor space.

The scheme, designed by local architecture practice HLM, will significantly increase Techniquest’s footprint providing an additional 60% exhibition space to house brand new innovative content related to, and developed with, Welsh STEM innovators, academics and communities.

The new immersive and innovative exhibition areas and experiences will help Techniquest to diversify its audiences and increase visitor numbers by at least 40%.

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techniquest said: “Since securing funding, it has been full steam ahead in our Science Capital project. We’ve been working closely with our consultants to marry up our objectives, with the space we have available, and our ultimate goal of ensuring the charity has a sustainable and long-term future in Wales.

“We’re delighted with the final plans, which are contemporary, inclusive, flexible and eye-catching. Gaining planning consent is naturally a crucial factor in the future of this project so we’re hopeful for a positive result.”

As well as creating a new vibrant public entrance, the plans include a designated community space overlooking the Bay, a new café and shop, in addition to a roof terrace and courtyard designed to host interactive artworks and features to complement exhibitions.

Patrick Arends, leisure and culture sector lead at HLM said: “Techniquest has been providing inspiring scientific education for over 30 years and the new extension will reflect this with a contemporary design that will showcase this unique and much-loved facility in Cardiff.  The Cardiff HLM studio has been working closely with the project team, drawing on its extensive experience in designing top class educational and leisure spaces, to create a vibrant space that is flexible, active and relevant.”

The scheme is being project managed by Lee Wakemans who are working alongside HLM (architects), Hydrock (project engineers) and Wardell Armstrong (planning consultant).

Paul Wong, Director at Lee Wakemans said: “Techniquest is on a marvellous journey of renewal looking to reach a much wider audience. We feel privileged to play our part in helping to translate what the client is seeking to achieve, into an exciting design which will get built and ready for summer 2020. It’s great to have reached this milestone of submitting the planning application and we’re grateful to all team members who have helped us reach this point.”

Subject to planning permission being granted, it is anticipated that work on the extension will commence in Spring 2019, with the new space being open to the public by Summer 2020.

jamjar crowned gold at prestigious PR awards

By Raspberry Jim,

Creative communications agency jamjar scooped a hat-trick of gold awards last week at the annual Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Cymru Wales PRide Awards.

The Cowbridge-based agency, which specialises in PR, digital, social, marketing and creative, took home the most gold awards on the evening triumphing once again.

Held at Cardiff’s City Hall and attended by 300 PR professionals, jamjar was recognised by its industry body for its work with Cwm Taf University Health Board and Visit the Vale.

For the second year in a row, jamjar triumphed in the Best Use of Digital and Healthcare Campaign categories for its notable work with Cwm Taf University Health Board.

The multi-award winning recruitment campaign, #joincwmtaf, targeted doctors from the UK and overseas through a range of innovative digital tactics such as 360 degree video.

The latest win come after a string of successes for the campaign, after it scooped a coveted CIPR Excellence award in June, fighting off stiff competition from industry leaders across the UK such as Facebook.

CIPR judges praised the innovative campaign, commenting that: This campaign clearly demonstrated a focus on target audience. The creative and emotive approach used to reach the campaign demographic secured a high return on investment, surpassing the original goals, and has set out a framework for future recruitment drives.”

The team also snagged a gold award in the Low Budget Campaign category for its cost-effective communications campaign for Visit the Vale, which helped to attract visitors to its summer event series – the Barry Island Weekenders.

Over the past six years jamjar has claimed over 20 prestigious awards from the CIPR, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Welsh Business Awards.

Lyndsey Jenkins, managing director of jamjar, said: “We’re particularly proud of the work we’ve done for our clients over the last year, and to be celebrated for our creative and results-driven approach is incredibly pleasing.

“The latest wins for jamjar are a testament to the hard work and dedication of my talented team, and we’re all delighted to be recognised by our industry peers once again.”

Rhian Moore, Chair of CIPR Cymru Wales, commented: “We know we have a huge number of talented communicators in Wales. The results we have seen at this year’s PRide Awards show the bredth of skill, professionalism and talent through a number of industries. The campaigns and examples of work showcased in the awards prove the value PR and compelling communications bring to businesses, our economy and society. Very well done to everyone who made the shortlist and massive congratulations to all our winners.”

Image – Steve Pope Photography/Fotowales

Communications agency adds to its jar

By Raspberry Jim,

Creative communications agency jamjar has expanded its team following a year of growth and diversification.

The Cowbridge-based agency has appointed Anna Jarvis to head up its creative division and Mari Makarov as visual content producer.

Ms Jarvis joins the team having worked for outdoor advertising giants Kinetic Worldwide and JCDecaux in London where she worked with national brands including Comfort and Savse Smoothies.

Ms Jarvis, who has a BA in Creative Digital Media, will develop the agency’s creative offering, providing branding, design and digital support to its growing client base, which includes Techniquest, NHS Wales Informatics Service, Scouts Cymru and Greenaway Scott.

Ms Makarov joins the team having honed her video production and editing skills back in her native Estonia working with clients including luxury brand Chanel. With a first class degree in visual effects and motion graphics from the University of South Wales, at jamjar Ms Makarov will be responsible for creating visual content, such as photography, videos and motion graphics.

The expansion comes on the back of a recent brand refresh and a hugely successful year for the agency, which was the only agency in Wales to win at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Excellence Awards.

Managing director, Lyndsey Jenkins, said: “Since I started jamjar back in 2012 the communications world has changed considerably, and consequently our services have evolved to reflect this, and the growing requirements of our clients.

“As a result, earlier this year we decided the time was right to refresh our brand and drop the PR from our name.

“While PR will always be a core part of our business, we now offer so much more – creative, marketing, digital and social – so we felt it was essential to update our brand accordingly.

“As part of this diversification of the business, we have appointed Anna and Mari who are highly skilled to develop our enhanced offering. Visual content such as videos, animations and infographics continues to be the most effective way to communicate complex information so we’re delighted to have their expertise as part of the team.”

After dark science returns to Techniquest with brand-new events line-up

By Raspberry Jim,

 

Techniquest’s exciting After Hours events are making an “unforgettable” return to Cardiff with time travelling fun and a live escape room set to thrill visitors.

The popular over 18s events, which allow visitors to explore the science centre at night, are making a comeback in October with an exciting line-up of evenings already announced.

On October 17, After Hours will return by delving into the futuristic world of science and technology with its highly anticipated After Hours: Into the Future night.

The evening will immerse visitors in emerging technologies and cutting-edge virtual reality and augmented reality experiences, allowing them to get a realistic glimpse into the future.

Then in December, Techniquest will be transformed into an escape room unlike any other. On December 5, Techniquest will join forces with Breakout Cardiff for the intriguing After Hours: Codebreaker event, which will challenge visitors to crack codes, unravel mysteries, and collect clues as part of the exciting evening.

In the new year, the science centre is taking a dip in the deep with its After Hours: Under the Sea evening on February 7. Exploring the wonder of the sea, visitors will be diving into ways that they can help the world’s oceans.

Techniquest CEO Lesley Kirkpatrick said visitors were in for an “unforgettable” new line-up of After Hours events, which have been sponsored once again by Admiral.

Mrs Kirkpatrick said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Admiral for our brand-new season of After Hours events and are thrilled to be receiving their support once again this year.

“We’re constantly working to make science as accessible and fun for everyone. Our After Hours events aim to do just that, offering a combination of both learning and socialising in a relaxed format. We hope to continue the success of previous After Hours events this coming autumn.”

All After Hours events include full use of the venue’s 130 interactive exhibits and access to a fully licensed bar. Visitors will also be able to grab a bite to eat from Cleverchefs, which will be providing themed street food for each event.

Visitors are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited. For full booking information please visit – https://www.techniquest.org/plan-your-visit/after-hours/

Techniquest Planetarium project marks 50th anniversary of moon landing

By Raspberry Jim,

 

Techniquest is set to take one giant leap into space exploration thanks to a special project marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The educational charity, based in Cardiff Bay, is developing a bespoke show for the centre’s Planetarium to mark the historic event, thanks to new funding from a leading government body.

Techniquest has been awarded £6000 from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in 2019.

The funds will be used to develop the innovative new show, which will take visitors on a 360-degree journey through the solar system to explore the mysteries of the moon.

The funding was awarded after one of Techniquest’s science communicators, Martin Palmer-Smith, submitted the idea through its online ideas platform, Simply Do Ideas. The platform is a digital suggestion box which allows staff to pitch ideas and feedback opinions.

Following his submission, his idea was taken forward to the STFC where it received significant recognition, resulting in financial support of £6000.

It has also received a £1000 donation from Tula Trust to help deliver its school outreach programme, which reaches over 50,000 school pupils in Wales annually with its inspirational STEM-focused programmes.

Clare James, fundraising manager at Techniquest said: “We’re extremely grateful to be receiving incredible financial support from both the STFC and Tula Trust, which have both recognised the work that we’re doing to inspire the future generations of cutting-edge scientists.

“As a charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help us on our mission to deliver interactive STEM learning experiences, to not only young children, but people of all ages.

“Thanks to STFC, we’re delighted to begin developing our public Planetarium show to mark Apollo 11’s historic anniversary. We’ll also be using our generous donation from Tula Trust to deliver inspiring outreach programmes to schools across south Wales.”

Cardiff lawyer takes the helm at prestigious legal society

By Raspberry Jim,

A Cardiff-based lawyer is ‘delighted’ following his appointment to a coveted role at a high profile legal society.

Clive Thomas, Managing Partner of award-winning firm Watkins & Gunn has taken the reins as President of Cardiff and District’s Law Society, after being selected by its Council.

As Managing Partner and head of personal Injury at Watkins & Gunn, the award-winning legal expert has over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge of his sector.

Mr Thomas, who has previously held the title of President at Monmouthshire Law Society and the Association of South Western Law (ASWLS), will now oversee the 2,000 members of the distinguished Cardiff and District Law Society.

As part of his new role, Mr Thomas will be promoting a new initiative known as #legalCardiff, a campaign created to help, support and engage local lawyers in Cardiff, while also promoting the outstanding legal work taking place in the area.

The initiative was launched in July at Cardiff City Stadium at its Managing Partners and Directors lunch.

With speeches from Legal 500 and Welsh Government, the event, sponsored by Legal Network Wales and Lloyd’s Bank, saw senior lawyers representing the leading law firms in the area discuss the opportunities for the legal sector in Cardiff.

Mr Thomas said he was “delighted and honoured to be appointed as the society’s new president.”

He said: “I’m thrilled to start working with the society in such a pivotal role. It’s an honour to be leading over 2,000 members and working with the council to implement new ideas.

“While we’re celebrating the incredible legal work being done in Cardiff and District, we’re also working hard to nurture young talent and engage lawyers from all disciplines.

“With #legalCardiff, our aim is to spread awareness of the outstanding legal professionals in the area and provide insight with a series of events.”

Watkins and Gunn offers a wide range of legal services including Accident Claims, Medical Negligence, Wills and Probate, Employment and HR services, Education Law, Public Law, Business Law, Divorce and Family Law, Childcare Law, Criminal Law, Road Traffic Law and Property.

Traveline Cymru to help welcome students to new cities

By Raspberry Jim,

As school leavers prepare to fly the nest for this year’s university Freshers festivities, Traveline Cymru is touring Welsh universities to help keep students on the move.

Next month, the public transport information service will make its way around universities in Wales to help new students get to grips with their surroundings in new towns and cities.

The Traveline Cymru team will be making appearances at over 20 colleges and universities across Wales throughout September; including Bangor, Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Swansea.

As new students adjust to life without their own transport, they will have access to a bespoke service known as myunijourney.

Filled with transport information and essential travel tips, the helpful online guide includes a journey planner from their local campus, bus stop information, student ticketing and news.

Emma Dunn, Marketing Manager at Traveline Cymru said: “Starting university is one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life, but it can also be incredibly daunting to be away from home, especially in a brand-new town or city.

“We want to encourage students, both new and existing, to make the most out of the public transport services in their area, and we’re on hand to help them discover what options are available to them as they start to get their bearings.

“We’ll be attending universities across the country over the next few weeks, which is the perfect time for students to come and chat to us and find out all about myunijourney.”

David Manfield at Cardiff University said: “It’s vital to us that our students know how to get from A to B when travelling around campuses and the wider area.

“For many students, it’s about knowing what transport options are available to them, and the myunijourney website is a fun and interactive way to find out the information they need.”

Myunijourney is available at www.myunijourney.traveline.cymru

A new Martini Brunch is coming to Cardiff

By Raspberry Jim,

A popular Cardiff bar is shaking up bottomless brunch this summer with a new martini offering.

Renowned for its bespoke range of martinis and signature cocktails, Dirty Martini Cardiff has developed its brand-new Martini Brunch, which will be available in its St Mary Street bar next month.

Launching on Saturday 11th August, the Martini Brunch includes martinis, bottomless prosecco and delicious food for £25 per person.

On offer will be the bar’s famous martinis, featuring favourites including the Passionfruit Martini, the Blood Orange and Vanilla Martini, the Mango and Chilli Martini, as well as beloved classics such as the French Martini and Espresso Martini. *

Served in a copper birdcage, brunch-goers can get a flavour of sophistication with a menu that includes beef and cheese sliders, buttermilk fried chicken and arancini. A vegetarian option will also be available, featuring cheese and basil arancini, vegetable sushi, Korean spring rolls and a halloumi and hummus wrap.

Dirty Martini’s General Manager, Dan Marsland said: “The popularity of bottomless brunches has never been higher, and it is proving to be a fun way to socialise with friends over the weekend. We wanted to put our own spin on it with our Martini Brunch – the perfect mix of spirit and sophistication. Yes, there’s bottomless prosecco, but cocktail lovers will also get to choose from our bespoke martinis.”

The Martini Brunch will be available every Saturday at 12.30pm and 2.30pm in 90-minute slots. The full menu and bookings can be found at www.dirtymartini.uk.com/bottomlessbrunch-cardiff

Since opening in Cardiff in 2016, Dirty Martini has proved to be a big hit with cocktail lovers thanks to its stylish interiors and bespoke range of Martinis, which are half price during its famous Happy Hour.

Dirty Martini is one of the industry’s fastest growing bar groups including venues in Bishopsgate, Covent Garden, Hanover Square, Islington, Monument, St Paul’s, Minories, Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

For more information and Martini Brunch bookings at Dirty Martini Cardiff visit http://dirtymartini.uk.com/bottomlessbrunch-cardiff/

Techniquest receives charitable boost to engage young children

By Raspberry Jim,

 

Educational charity Techniquest is continuing its mission to inspire the next generation of scientists after receiving generous donations and scooping a high-profile grant.

The science discovery centre, based in Cardiff Bay, conducts inspirational school outreach programmes, reaching over 50,000 pupils in Wales annually.

Thanks to new donations from charitable trusts, its primary school outreach will enjoy significant financial support.

The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust recently selected Techniquest as one of its 140 financial beneficiaries, gifting £4,000 to the educational charity for the second year running. The donation will be used to deliver free outreach to schools in the Glamorgan area, which will see 8 schools engaged with STEM subjects.

The educational charity has also won new support from the Schroder Charity Trust, with a boost of £5,000 to its outreach for Key Stage 2 pupils in disadvantaged communities across south Wales.

With a grant of over £5,000 from the UK Space Agency, the science discovery centre will be using a portable planetarium to deliver free Starlab sessions to 1,500 primary school pupils.

The Space for All grant supports the outreach aims of the agency, encouraging the use of space as inspiration for teaching and learning and raising awareness of STEM subjects in the United Kingdom.

Clare James, fundraising manager at Techniquest said: “We’re delighted and extremely grateful to be receiving such incredible support from The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust, the Schroder Charity Trust and the UK Space Agency.

“As a charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help us on our mission to deliver interactive STEM learning experiences.

“By taking our educational outreach programmes and Starlab in to local schools, these incredible donations will be used to inspire the future generations of cutting-edge scientists.”

Greenaway Scott advises CoolTherm disposal to Carver Group

By Raspberry Jim,

Business advisory firm Greenaway Scott is “delighted” to have supported the disposal of air conditioning leader CoolTherm to the internationally renowned Carver Group.

The firm’s corporate team, led by associate director Leanne Thomas, facilitated the successful acquisition between two of the leaders in the air system’s market this month.

As part of the deal, Greenaway Scott advised the shareholders at CoolTherm Group Limited and worked alongside the selling team to ensure a successful outcome.

The acquisition follows a period of significant success for shareholders and managers at CoolTherm.

It will also enable the family-run Carver Group, which has 240 years’ of heritage rooted firmly in the Midlands, to progress with its ambitions plans to expand and invest in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) sectors across both North America and Europe.

They added that the acquisition “demonstrates their intention to create a group offering high quality bespoke products and services to all its customers”.

On the successful acquisition, a spokesman for Carver Group said: “CoolTherm will remain a separate organisation from our current businesses and will continue to operate independently. We believe the acquisition will offer us the opportunity to grow in other directions, both nationally and internationally and will form a key part of our new five-year plan for expansion.

“The CoolTherm ethos is an excellent fit for the Carver Group, being privately owned and focused on delivering exceptional customer service, and we are pleased that the majority of directors will be continuing with the business.”

Associate Director at Greenaway Scott Leanne Thomas, who led the transaction, said it was a privilege to support both business’s aims.

She said: “Greenaway Scott was delighted to act on this deal between two leaders in the Air Systems market, and we wish CoolTherm and the Carver Group all the best for future success. We are sure that we will see CoolTherm continue to thrive under its new ownership structure.”

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