A £5m extension of the National Space Centre in Leicester is planned which, if given the green light by planners, would boost its corporate events and visitor numbers as well as create new jobs.
The not-for-profit organisation has submitted plans to the city council for a £4m extension to be built on the site of the Challenger Learning Centre outside the entrance to the main building, with a further £1m project to build a new ticket entrance.
Chief executive Chas Bishop says: “We have always had to cover our costs ourselves; that has been the case since we started in 2001.
“Holding more corporate events will help us increase our revenue which will add to how much we can invest in the centre in the coming years.
“The new ticket entrance will allow us to transform the current entrance to really make the most of some of the most spectacular space artefacts that are housed there.
“If approval is granted by the council, a total of 10 new jobs will be created, bringing us up to more than 200 here.”
The space centre, which has a 140ft rocket tower as well as a planetarium, and galleries featuring space suits, satellites and meteorites, is to play a part in the planned Space Park, to be built on the former John Ellis School site near the centre.