THIS is the shape of things to come at Hereford’s new university. It is an artist’s impression of one of three new university buildings planned for Skylon Park.

The job of designing them has gone to a Hereford firm that specialises in oak-framed buildings.

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Eventually these three, along with a refurbished building at Blackfriars in the city centre, will form the hub of a university with 5,000 students.

NMITE (New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering) has announced city-based Oakwrights as the winner of a competition to help create the designs for three Skylon buildings.

They are:

  • The Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT), showcasing timber as a construction material
  • The Centre for Automated Manufacture (CAM), servicing the manufacturing sector
  • Centre for Future Skills (CFS), a large flexible industrial space to allow development and testing of different technologies