Herefordshire Council is seeking an architect to transform a World War I shell store into a new £6 million innovation centre
Planned to complete in 2018, the project will create a small businesses incubator inside the disused structure which is located inside the city’s ‘Skylon Park’ enterprise zone.
Built in 1916 to store highly-explosive ammunition, the crumbling warehouse will be made weatherproof with new ‘pod-style’ structures placed inside to accommodate start-ups.
The completed incubator will host emerging companies specialising in advanced manufacturing, engineering, defence, food and sustainable technologies.
A business development centre – managed by the soon-to-be-launched University for Hereford and featuring laboratory, research and conference facilities – will also be delivered.
Studio Egret West won a competition to masterplan Skylon Park’s 70 hectare former munitions factory site three years ago.
Plans to erect a replica of Powell and Moya’s iconic Skylon – built in Hereford by engineering firm Painter Bros – at the entrance to the enterprise zone are meanwhile being developed.
RRA Architects’ 2012 design for a Skylon in Hereford
The winner of the latest £150,000 contract will initially develop designs up to RIBA Stage 4 and will then be novated to a contractor to complete the project on a design and build basis.
The deadline for tenders is 22 January.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Tel: +44 1432383605