3-5 April 2019
Europe/London timezone

Venue and Accommodation

Venue

The SKA History Conference will be held at the new SKA Global Headquarters based at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

SKA Organisation
Jodrell Bank
Lower Withington
Macclesfield
Cheshire, SK11 9DL, UK

The new SKA Global Headquarters are reflective of one of the most innovative science research organisations in the world. An inspirational building that reflects the science and vision behind the SKA project and that fosters a culture of collaboration and communication. The unique character and history of Jodrell Bank present an opportunity to create an inspirational workplace and the global headquarters for the SKA organisation at the home of radio astronomy.

Whilst acknowledging and celebrating the physical and historical context of the place, the building aims to create its own distinctive identity and unique architecture that represents the SKA organisation and the science behind the SKA project. The proposed design takes inspiration from the radio waves that are at the heart of the SKA’s work while embracing its natural environment, playing on the contrast between the cutting edge science taking place within the building and the rural life taking place around it.

Recommended Accommodation

Cranage Hall, Holmes Chapel

block booking has been made with Cranage Hall. When you go through the booking process, click on special codes, and enter "HISTORY" under the Promotion Code to have access to the block booking. The deadline for this booking code is 20 February 2019.

Bus transport for participants to SKAO Global Headquarters for the meeting will depart from and return to Cranage Hall on a daily schedule throughout the conference. It will also be the location for the Conference Dinner on 4 April.  

We suggest you should book your hotel as soon as possible once you have registered for the conference.

Cranage Hall is a hotel associated with a conference centre located in beautiful grounds just outside of Holmes Chapel. The rural location means that other eating options would require transport of some sort. Travel to and from the airport would be by taxi.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from SKAO Standard Double Price Website
Cranage Hall Byley Lane,
Holmes Chapel
CW4 8EW
Tel: 01477 536 666
4.7 miles £110 for single occupancy Website

 

Other Locations

The information below was gathered and collated by the IAU LOC for the IAU Symposium 337, and we thank them and credit them for providing this information.

Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge is a nice village located just about 6.5 miles from SKAO. It has a train station which has connections to the airport and Manchester but generally a taxi will be quicker. It has a large number of restaurants and cafes and is a popular location, so early booking would be recommended.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from SKAO Standard Double Price Website
Alderley Edge Hotel Macclesfield Road,
Alderley Edge
SK9 7BJ
Tel: 01625 583 033
6.5 miles £££ Website
De Trafford 2 Congleton Road,
Alderley Edge
SK9 7AA
Tel: 01625 583 881
6.4 miles ££ Website

 

Wilmslow

Wilmslow is another nice village, larger than Alderley Edge, located just about 7.5 miles from SKAO. It has a train station which has connections to the airport and Manchester, and direct connections to London, but generally a taxi from the airport will be quicker. It has a large number of restaurants and cafes and is a popular location, so early booking would be recommended. We note that the Premier Inn is about a 10 minute walk from the village centre.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from SKAO Standard Double Price Website
The Wilmslow Lodge at the Coach & Four Alderley Road,
Wilmslow
SK9 1PA
Tel: 01625 532 300
7.7 miles ££ Website
Premier Inn (Wilmslow) Racecourse Road,
Wilmslow
SK9 5LR
Tel: 08715 278 736
8.6 miles ££ Website

 

Macclesfield

Macclesfield is a town located about 7.5 miles from SKAO. The Travelodge Macclesfield is a very good budget option and has many twin rooms potentially suitable for sharing. It is located very close to Macclesfield train station which has direct links to London and Manchester. The airport is also accessible by train but a taxi will be faster, but more expensive. Within about a 15 minute walk there are a number of restaurants in Macclesfield to suit a range of tastes.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from SKAO Standard Double Price Website
Travelodge Macclesfield Gas Road,
Macclesfield
SK11 6JS
Tel: 08719 846 432
7.6 miles £ Website

 

Other accommodation options in the area

This is a non-comprehensive list of other options for accommodation in the area. Note however that we will not be able to run buses to all of these locations and so your own transport to SKAO will be required.

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from SKAO Standard Double Price Website
Holly Tree Farm Holmes Chapel Road,
Lower Withington,
Macclesfield
SK11 9DT
Tel: 01477 571 257
Mob: 07979 910 800
0.9 miles ££ Website
Bridge Farm B&B Bridge Lane,
Blackden,
Holmes Chapel
CW4 8BX
Tel: 01477 571 202
1.2 miles ££ Website
The Dog Wellbank Lane,
Over Peover,
Knutsford
WA16 8UP
Tel: 01625 861 421
2.1 miles ££ Website
Goostrey B&B 10 Station Road,
Goostrey
CW4 8PJ
Tel: 01477 534 314
Mob: 07958 198 121
2.3 miles ££ Website
The Vicarage Knutsford Road,
Cranage,
Holmes Chapel
CW4 8EF
Tel: 01477 533 393
4.9 miles ££ Website
Bear’s Head Brereton Green,
Nr Sandbach
CW11 1RS
Tel: 08451 126 026
5.6 miles ££ Website
The Cottage London Road,
Allostock,
Knutsford
WA16 9LU
Tel: 01565 722 470
6 miles ££ Website
Longview Hotel 51-55 Manchester Rd,
Knutsford
WA16 0LX
Tel: 01565 632 119
6.7 miles £££ Website
The Merlin Wilmslow Road,
Alderley Edge
SK9 7QL
Tel: 01625 599 959
6.9 miles ££ Website
Alexandra Court Hotel 7 Newcastle Road,
Congleton
CW12 4HN
Tel: 01260 297 871
7 miles ££ Website
Chimney House Hotel Congleton Road,
Sandbach,
Crewe
CW11 4ST
Tel: 01270 764 141
7.5 miles £££ Website
The Lion & Swan Hotel Swan Bank,
Congleton
CW12 1AH
Tel: 01260 273 115
7.6 miles ££ Website
The Kinderton House Hotel Kinderton Street,
Middlewich
CW10 0JE
Tel: 01606 834 169
7.6 miles ££ Website
Golden Lion Hotel (Middlewich) 61 Chester Road,
Middlewich
CW10 9ET
Tel: 01606 737 163
8 miles £ Website
The Sandhurst 69 Chester Road,
Middlewich
CW10 9EU
Tel: 01606 834 125
8.2 miles ££ Website
Rose ‘N Crown 62 King Street,
Knutsford
WA16 6DT
Tel: 01565 652 366
8.2 miles ££ Website
Cross Keys 52 King Street,
Knutsford
WA16 6DT
Tel: 01565 750 404
8.2 miles ££ Website
The Plough Inn Macclesfield Road,
Congleton
CW12 2NH
Tel: 01260 280 207
8.4 miles ££ Website
The Hinton Guest House Town Lane,
Mobberley,
Knutsford
WA16 7HH
Tel: 01565 873 484
8.8 miles £ Website
Hotel Ibis Budget Knutsford Chester Road,
Tabley
WA16 0PP
Tel: 01565 650 636
9 miles £ Website
Cottons Hotel & Spa Manchester Road,
Knutsford
WA16 0SU
Tel: 01565 650 333
9.4 miles £££ Website
Mottram Hall Wilmslow Road,
Mottram
SK10 4QT
Tel: 01625 828 135
9.9 miles £££ Website
The Bridge Prestbury,
Cheshire
SK10 4DQ
Tel: 01625 829 326
9.9 miles ££ Website
Airport Inn Manchester Hotel & Spa Altrincham Rd,
Wilmslow
SK9 4LR
Tel: 08712 210 247
10.7 miles £ Website
Mere Court Hotel Warrington Road,
Mere,
Knutsford
WA16 0RW
Tel: 01565 831 000
11.8 miles £££ Website
Hollin Hall Hotel Jackson Lane,
Kerridge,
Macclesfield
SK10 5BG
Tel: 01625 573 246
12.9 miles ££ Website

 

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