The SKA Organisation headquarters, located near to, and with views of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory, near Manchester, UK, is the central control hub for a global team who oversee development, construction and operations of the SKA – the largest radio telescope ever built on Earth. The elegant and modern recently completed building is a state of the art facility which will eventually be home to about 150 members of staff, including visiting scientists and engineers. The facility has a superb Council Chamber where the SKA Council (currently called SKA Board of Directors) holds its meetings and this can also be used as an auditorium for large meetings and conferences with a 160-person capacity. The building uses numerous environmentally friendly engineering solutions 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.
The Jodrell Bank site and surrounding areas are in an area of beautiful countryside with ease of access to the Peak District, local market towns and good national transport networks.
For local transport it is recommended that staff are able to drive to site or are willing to car share. Nearby train stations include Goostrey, Holmes Chapel, Wilmslow and Macclesfield – although all will require some transport from the station to site. Secondees are supported through the provision of a shuttle bus from Wilmslow Town Centre to site, available weekdays; new employees may also be able to utilise this service while they set up their travel arrangements.