Venue and Accommodation


The SKA-VLBI Workshop 2019 will be held at the new SKA Global Headquarters based at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

SKA Organisation
Jodrell Bank
Lower Withington
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.

Bus Service

The SKA will be running a bus pickup and drop off from the recommended accommodation; Cranage Hall, De Trafford in Alderley Edge and Cottons Hotel in Knutsford, during the duration of the conference. Further information regarding the timings will be shared in due course.

Recommended Accommodation

Cranage Hall, Holmes Chapel

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
Tel: 01477 536 666
4.7 miles £110 for single occupancy Website

Alderley Edge Hotel, Alderly 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
Tel: 01625 583 033
6.5 miles £££ Website

De Trafford, Alderly Edge

Hotel Name Contact Details Distance from SKAO Standard Double Price Website
De Trafford 2 Congleton Road,
Alderley Edge
Tel: 01625 583 881
6.4 miles ££ Website

Cottons Hotel & Spa, Knutford

The 4 Star Cottons Hotel and Spa has unique character and luxurious yet comfortable surroundings, this delightful hotel brings contemporary style into the heart of Cheshire. Set just outside the picturesque village of Knutsford, located just off the M6 and M56 and just 8 miles from Manchester International Airport.

To make use of the block booking we have made at Cottons, please follow the below instructions:

  • Ring the hotel to make the reservation and quote – SKA Organisation 13th to 18 October 2019
  • Guests will be asked to confirm their reservation either in writing or with a credit card number. 

SKA rates of £95.00 for single occupancy in standard rooms and £115.00 for signature rooms single occupancy.  All rates include breakfast, VAT and use of our SPA

Cottons Hotel & Spa Manchester Road,
WA16 0SU
Tel: 01565 650 333
9.4 miles £££ Website

Other Locations

Other locations are available upon request, please email 

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