A science discovery centre has applied for funding in its bid to set up a town centre base.

Techniquest Glyndwr is due to move into the former TJ Hughes store in Henblas Square, which closed in 2011.

Last month, the Leader reported they had signed a 12-month agreement and it is hoped the building will now have a new lease of life, playing host to a programme of community science events, exhibitions and fundraising events which are being planned by Techniquest Glynd?r to take place over the next year.

It is hoped that the events will be a prelude to the ambitious plans of North Wales Science Limited, the charity that runs Techniquest Glynd?r, to move its operational base to the building in the centre of Wrexham in 2019.

The negotiations were complex and involved the owners of the building MCR Property Group, Wrexham Council, North Wales Science Limited and Glynd?r University agreeing a feasible plan to take over the building on a short-term basis.

This is prior to the outcome of a series of funding applications which will enable the transformation of the building into a major visitor attraction as a large science discovery centre right in the heart of Wrexham town centre.

And it has been confirmed Techniquest has submitted a bid for funding to the Inspiring Science Fund to support their plans.

A spokesman said: "We've now submitted our bid to the Inspiring Science Fund to develop our town centre base in Wrexham.

"We think we've made an excellent proposal."

The Inspiring Science Fund supports Science Centres across the UK.

It is a capital fund that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.

The scheme is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome.

The Inspiring Science Fund is open to existing not-for-profit and charitable science centres in the UK. The funders are looking for projects that will become examples of best practice in the science centre sector.