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Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

Project support and advice for an educational, research and tourism initiative

Project Overview

Since 2017 SIB has supported Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (AOP) on a journey of growth and transformation through a series of initiatives aimed at improving organisational resilience, viability and financial sustainability, while at the same time helping to deliver the Minister’s vision. Specifically, SIB has supported:

  • 2017 Delivering a whole life cost analysis for AOP’s land and property holdings
  • 2018 Drafting a Strategic Outline Business Case (SOC)
  • 2018 Establishing a local collaboration forum
  • 2019 Securing approval on the Strategic Outline Business Case (SOC)
  • 2019 Developing a National Lottery Heritage Fund bid
  • 2019 Delivering a market opportunity analysis
  • 2019 Delivering an income generation and commercialisation review
  • 2020 Developing AOP’s Peace Plus expression of interest
  • 2022-23 Developing an Outline Business Case and Exemplar Design for a new Science and Education Park on the site
  • 2022-23 Developing a Marketing Strategy for the new enhanced visitor offering
  • 2022-23 Developing the basis of funding applications to a number of cross border funds – Shared Island / SEUPB / NHLF / TNI
  • 2022-23 Supported a collaborative programme with the two other Observatories in Ireland towards the establishment of UNESCO World Heritage status

Project Status

After The Strategic Outline Business Case (SOC) was approved in 2020 an Outline Business Case (OBC) has been completed during 2022-23 and is now with DFC for approval.

SIB Involvement

SIB has acted as a trusted partner and adviser to AOP over the last seven years making available specialist commercial, legal and technical skills. Throughout this period SIB staff have provided both constructive challenge and support to the Chief Executive and Chair of AOP as well as supporting departmental engagement – ultimately readying AOP for transformative investment.

For further information contact:

Colin McCrossan

E: Colin.McCrossan@sibni.org

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium