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) has 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 to be the first building which will form Skylon – NMITE’s second campus, located in the Hereford Enterprise Zone, alongside the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM).

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

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

Speller Metcalfe’s appointment to build CATT comes following 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.

Construction of CATT will begin in 2021 and is scheduled for completion in spring 2022.