Centre for Advanced Timber Technology

The UK's first higher education development for over 40 years


Centre for Advanced Timber Technology

New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) appointed Speller Metcalfe to build their Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT).

Based in Hereford, NMITE is a future new provider of higher education which intends to transform engineering education in Britain. The CATT is the first building to form NMITE’s second campus, located at Skylon Park in the Hereford Enterprise Zone, alongside the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM).

The project was procured through the Pagabo Medium Works framework and focuses on advanced manufacturing and production techniques, showcasing the practical uses of timber as a sustainable construction material.

The building itself is constructed of a mix of traditional oak, glulam and cross-laminated timber and was designed by Hereford-based oak-framed building specialists, Oakwrights.

Speller Metcalfe’s appointment to build CATT in 2020 followed the completion of two of Hereford’s flagship construction projects; the Cyber Quarter: Midlands Centre for Cyber Security, which is also located at Skylon Park, and the centrally located Station Medical Centre.