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Help NMiTE design future learning spaces in Herefordshire

New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE) the proposed Higher Education Institution, has put out a call to architects and designers, including local firms in Herefordshire, around its competition to help create the designs for three new buildings on the Skylon site.

Deadline for expression of interest is Thursday 5th December and for designs is 20th December 2019. The successful company will join the NMiTE Skylon Campus team and have a budget of £10,000 to help develop a scheme to facilitate pre application discussion and the submission of an early planning application through the (LDO) Local Development Order Process. This stage will also provide enough information to allow NMiTE to progress with the procurement process for detailed designs and project delivery.

“We’d be delighted to hear from local architects and designers who will then generate the design for the tender process. Key requirements from NMiTE are that companies should have experience with educational sites and timber technology” says Toby Kinnaird, Head of Partnerships at NMiTE.

The Campus buildings will each need to have the capacity to be able to host around 200 future learners, degree apprenticeships and CPD short courses:

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

Full details can be obtained by emailing

The project to create NMiTE is being strongly backed by engineering businesses, the Herefordshire community, Herefordshire Council, Olin College of Engineering (USA), professional engineering bodies and the UK Government, which awarded up to £23million in initial funding.  £8million of this funding for the project was awarded by the Marches LEP via its Growth Deal with Government. Growth Deals are awarded to LEPs through a competitive bidding process to fund the delivery of projects to boost the local economy.

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