“So, what’s Herefordshire’s new engineering university going to look like?” People have started to ask if we can help them visualise NMiTE’s buildings and layout. Until now, what has been crucial to the master plan for our “agile” campus has been our work on our entirely new approach to the curriculum. We’ve learnt from our partners that it’s the curriculum that will define the design and use of all the university buildings, right down to the student accommodation.
The framework of our accelerated, three-year Masters Liberal Engineering Degree was finalised and announced in September, so now our joint-venture architectural and master planner advisers Architype and Niall McLaughlin Architects are developing a specification for our colleges (halls of residence) along with an overall design brief for the campus.
The curriculum will be delivered through seminars and problem and project-based learning, so there’s no requirement for large lecture halls and mass classrooms. Instead, we envisage seminar rooms and small laboratories being established in the city, alongside academic, administrative and student accommodation. There will be some new buildings, interspersed with existing, historic properties, refurbished for our purposes. Our larger laboratories and workshops will be based at Hereford’s Enterprise Zone in Rotherwas. Sustainability will be at the heart of our planning ethos, so, too, is our aim to inspire, collaborate and connect with our community, all our partners and supporters. So, when we have some visual impressions to share with you, we most certainly will!
Meanwhile, to fulfil one of our most pressing needs, for an “HQ” with space for administrative functions and some classrooms, we are starting the process of seeking permission for change of use of the Franklin Barnes building. We will keep you informed as our plans progress.