Architecture to inspire future generations of engineers

Nmite campus design

Earlier this year we submitted architectural designs for a nationwide competition for a new university campus.

The New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMIte) is planning to locate its new Centre for Advanced Timber Technology, Centre for Automated Manufacture, and Centre for Future Skills on one campus near Hereford.

The competition sought entries from architects throughout the UK to design a winning building that could house the three centres.

While we didn’t win the competition, we’ve been impressed at the finalists and the winning design which we believe to be all different and unique in their own way.

Strengths in architectural design

Tom Majski, an Architectural Technician at Hughes Architects who worked on the project, said the initiative had allowed Hughes Architects to demonstrate its strengths in architectural design in large-scale projects.

“Our design created a structure and environment that would encapsulate the vision of NMite as a university developing and nurturing engineers of the future.

“But to us it was also demonstrating how as an architectural practice based in Mid Wales, we can provide a high level of design ideas for projects of such magnitude. We are using the latest architectural design technology and have the skills to compete with some of the UK’s largest practices.

From homes to large-scale structures

“At the same time, we are small enough to deal with clients wanting new homes, extensions and remodelling.”

Hughes Architects delivered 3D fly-through visuals within its entry that allowed viewers to see the external and internal designs as if they were walking through the university campus.

Construction work is expected to begin on the campus next year.

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