Hereford College of Arts has recently completed a stunning new cafe, gallery and reception facilities with external café terraces and sculpture garden.
The £1m project features an inspiring contemporary café and meeting space using innovative and flexible display panels and screens to increase the opportunities to see art and design work. At certain times of year, such as the College’s annual Summer Show in June, the whole area will become a gallery to showcase student work.
The landscape strategy looks to root the Arts Space to the site – it creates a series of external social and exhibition spaces for the College and its students and includes for enclosed and visually permeable entrance and café terraces. A continuous seam of in situ concrete with silicon carbide ‘sparkle’ surface glues the external spaces together. A grove of semi mature mutli-stem trees provide dappled shade to the café terrace with a linear water bench animating the space whilst also being an important part of the day lighting strategy to the Arts Space.
The scheme offers opportunities for community and other groups to use College facilities, particularly once the planned refurbishment of the Folly Arts Theatre on site is completed.
This project will complete the frontage planned for the ‘Learning Village’ which has seen the transformation of the other colleges on the site, which B|D have been involved with since 2008 and give students of the College of Arts an exciting and inspiring space to be proud of.
Client: Hereford College of Arts
Architects: Hewitt Studios
Landscape Budget: circa £0.2 million
Status: Complete December 2011
Awards Shortlisted for ‘Public Building Project of the Year 2012’, RIBA West Midlands Awards & Winner of a 2013 Civic Trust Awards
Winner of a BRONZE 2014 Green Apple Sustainability Award
“This is a stunning addition to the College of Arts, and to Herefordshire’s public spaces. It perfectly illustrates that great design does not require huge external funding or grand committees, and it really sets the standard for future building in the city and around the county.”