The Northern Ireland (NI) Science Park is teaming up with the local council to take over the Ecos science centre.
A £1.6 million investment from the Big Lottery Fund will revitalise the Ecos development – an interpretative centre focused on climate change and the environment that opened in Ballymena, County Antrim, in 2000.
Ecos will be a facility to complement the existing NI Science Park campuses. As well as hosting commercial and private enterprises, the overall scheme will allow for public education on the environment and innovation.
Director of corporate services Mervyn Watley said: “Originally a millennium project and later funded through the Big Lottery Fund, Ecos focused on a major issue for the 21st century: innovations in sustainability.
“Unfortunately, the technology to deliver its own vision was not available or affordable, so visitors to the iconic building and the wetland park surrounding it have diminished.
“Working with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, the Northern Ireland Science Park hopes to change that. Indeed, our goals aren’t a million miles apart – the common theme being innovation.”