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Hereford seeks architect for £6m WWI shell store conversion

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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.



Inside Hereford’s World War I shell store

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

RRA Architects’ 2012 design for a Skylon in Hereford

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

Contact details

Mark Cage
Herefordshire Council
Council Offices
Plough Lane

Tel: +44 1432383605
Email: mark.cage@herefordshire.gov.uk

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