Hereford is making steady progress towards completing its 15 “Stronger Towns” projects to rejuvenate the city, part-funded by £22 million of government cash.

But with less than a year until the grant spending deadline of next March, which are over the line and which are still some way off?

1. New Museum and Art Gallery

The most ambitious of the of the 15 and biggest by budget will transform the city’s former central library and museum in Broad Street into a key visitor attraction for the city, complete with rooftop garden and viewing platform.

A heritage lottery grant of £1.5 million has also just been confirmed, on top of the £5 million Stronger Towns funding at the £8 million pledged by Herefordshire Council.


The building is currently empty as survey work gets under way. The goal is to open it next year.

2. Library & Learning Centre

The city’s library has meanwhile been temporarily relocated to Friars Street, ahead of a planned move to the vacated Shirehall in the city centre.

Extensive work is currently under way to first get this historic listed building back into usable condition, ahead of its intended opening by August 2026.

3. Digital Skills Centre

Parts of Hereford College of Arts’ College Road campus are being turned into a hi-tech base for creative digital skills. Expected to open shortly.

4. Digital Culture Hub

Packers House in West Street will become home to Herefordshire’s hub for media production, creative workshops, events and training.

5. Powerhouse

A new studio space to develop new talent for theatre and digital drama. Now relocated from Maylord Street to Packers House.

6. Encore Music Hub

Intended to allow young people and the wider community to gain new skills and qualifications and music, this project was listed in January as “not started”.

Part 2 of our rundown continues tomorrow.