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Hewitt Studios completes Hereford College of Arts 'hub'

Bath-based Hewitt Studios has unwrapped this £1.2 million exhibition space and café for the Hereford College of Arts (HCA)

The 360m² naturally ventilated HCA Hub building is constructed from glulam and mass-timber and is clad in western red cedar and anodised aluminium panels.

The architect’s view

HCA approached us to devise a new front-end for their existing campus. As an Arts College, they demanded an innovative design-led solution. Our proposal delivers much-needed cafe, exhibition and admin space in a striking new volume. A reflective pool is used to both animate the space and mediate sunlight. Externally, the building is clad in a combination of local timber and anodised aluminium panels, subtly reflecting its immediate environment. A comprehensive landscape scheme roots the building to the site and creates a series of external social and exhibition spaces for the College and its students.

Hewitt Studios' HCA Hub building

Hewitt Studios’ HCA Hub building

Project data

Architects: Hewitt Studios
Location: Hereford, UK
Type Of Project: Education
Structural Engineers: Integral Engineering Design Project
Architect: Paul Younger
Client: Hereford College of Arts
Funding: Self-financed
Tender date: July 2010
Start on site date: 14 March 2011
Contract duration: 9 months
Gross internal floor area: 360m²


Form of contract and/or procurement: 2-stage Design and Build Total cost: £1.2m M&e consultant: Hicks Titley Partnership Quantity surveyor: Ridge Planning supervisor: Ridge Lighting consultant: The Lighthouse Design Partnership Landscape Architect: B:D Landscape Main contractor: Kier Moss Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Eurban, Kawneer, Flowcrete Annual co2 emissions: N/A

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