HELP US SHAPE THE FUTURE OF CAT
Have your say and stay up-to-date on the project developments that will help CAT inspire, inform and enable many more people to take action on the climate and biodiversity crisis.
Our vision will see the creation of new spaces for education in sustainable solutions; areas to deliver green skills for the future; and an immersive world-class visitor experience.
But, to achieve this, we need your help.
Our proposals will focus on transforming CAT’s capacity to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to achieve a zero carbon future and sustainable society, with plans shaped by public consultation and in-depth research.
“Community consultation is at the heart of our plans, and we’re excited to move into this next stage of development — creating opportunities for local people, businesses, CAT members, students and stakeholders alike to have their say on the future of CAT. Your views and knowledge will ensure that the project has maximum impact on action towards zero carbon, whilst creating the best possible benefits for the people, environment and economy of Mid Wales.” — Interim Co-CEO at CAT, Eileen Kinsman
The project will have far-reaching benefits, enabling us to engage an even wider audience with our vital work on climate solutions, and strengthening Mid Wales as a destination for those wanting to learn more about the part they can play in creating a healthier, safer future for our planet.
Have your say
We have a series of events taking place at CAT, in the local community and virtually throughout the spring — where there will be the opportunity to share your views.
Keep an eye on this page for new events being added.
Event: Community Open Day
- Date: 2 April, 10am – 4pm
- Location: CAT
- No pre-booking required.
- More information available here.
Event: Future of CAT: members and supporters engagement session
- Date: 5 April, 19.00-20.30
- Location: Virtual (via Zoom)
- Tickets and further information available here.
Event: Machynlleth market stand drop-in
- Date: 13 & 20 April
- Location: Mach market
- Pop by for a chat about what you’d like to see from CAT!
Event: Future of CAT: student engagement session
- Location: Virtual
- Invitations to this event will be sent to current students via their CAT email and on Teams.
Can’t make it to any of our events? Take ten minutes to complete our online survey instead.
- 2019 – CAT takes part in public consultations and discussions on the Mid Wales Growth Deal along with a wide range of organisations and key stakeholders from across the region.
- 2019-2020 – CAT’s Strategic Plan for 2020-2025 is developed, focusing on the need for a step-change in activities to maximise impact on solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis. Investment in skills provision, the creation of an inspiring new visitor experience, and digital outreach to reach a much wider audience are amongst the key organisational objectives.
- June 2020 — CAT submits a draft Strategic Outline Case to the Growing Mid Wales Board for inclusion in the Mid Wales Growth Deal Portfolio. This gives an overview of the vision for the development of a flagship sustainable tourism destination and regional sustainable skills hub as part of a major development of the CAT eco centre.
- September 2021 — CAT project identified as a candidate for funding as part of the £110m Mid Wales Growth Deal Portfolio, alongside organisations including Montgomery Canal and Aberystwyth University.
- November 2021 — CAT secures funding from UK Community Renewal Fund to support feasibility studies and development stages for next step towards securing Mid Wales Growth Deal funding
- November 2021 – CAT appoints planning and development consultants Turley to refine the Strategic Outline Case.
- December 2021 – CAT launches public tender process, inviting applications from consultants to support the development of detailed feasibility studies for the project.
- January 2022 — CAT appoints Haworth Tompkins and Faithful & Gould consortiums to progress the next phase of the project: to develop the Outline Business Case, including a site and visitor experience masterplan.
- July 2022 — CAT to submit Outline Business Case for next stage in the Mid Wales Growth Deal process.
- 2022-23 — CAT to develop Full Business Case for the project for the final stages of Mid Wales Growth Deal decision-making.
- Spring 2023 — Potential start date for Phase 1 of eco centre development.
Feasibility studies are funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.