The Hereford Centre for Cyber Security will provide specific laboratory equipment, testing facilities, innovation workspace and collaborative research and development units. This will enable the private sector to utilise University of Wolverhampton (UoW) expertise, extended networks and capacity to stimulate new applications and other products.
The development is located on a brown field site and ensures that the building reaches a minimum of ‘Very Good’ under Building Research Establishment (BREEAM) and is a fundamental element of the design brief being developed during the pre-project planning stages. As part of the building’s commitment to sustainability, the project will adopt and implement standards for good practice in reducing waste, recycling and increasing the use of recycled and recovered materials.
The goals of the centre are to create:
Perfect Circle worked closely with the client to select the design team. The university had a shortlist of architects they had in mind for the project and Perfect Circle was able to use its detailed vetting process to allow for a handful of design teams to be awarded to the approval supply chain.
Creating more opportunities for the region is one of the main priorities and deliverables of the Hereford Centre for Cyber Security.
Part of the remit for the project is to utilise local skills and resources as much as possible, creating more job opportunities for the local community, and by extension, assisting in growing the regional economy. The local contractor selected for the project aims to build on this by utilising sub-contractors within a 30 mile radius to deliver the project.
Once complete, the centre will help to put the West Midlands on the map within the tech world, creating more sought after career opportunities within the sector for the local market.
Paul Davis, Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities, University of Wolverhampton