New creative campus for Hereford:
Station Approach

Station Approach is a new, purpose-built accommodation for Hereford College of Arts students in the heart of the City, within easy walking distance of the HCA’s teaching campuses.

The accommodation has been specially designed for the college, and HCA staff and students have been involved with the design concepts and the decision-making around how the building will operate as a homely, creative hub.

The accommodation is located next to Hereford Railway Station and is mid-way between the two teaching campuses (College Road & Folly Lane) and the city centre. This gives easy access to all the social and cultural resources of the  City as well as connections with the wider community.

The building has a unique focus on the display of creative work both internally and externally and there is an exceptional, spacious social space on the ground floor designed for exhibitions and performance as well informal socialising.

This new building benefits from an innovative, ‘smart’ off-site construction process that supports exceptional quality.

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Station Approach is within a couple of minutes’ walk of many facilities to support students independent living including a large supermarket opposite the site.

Hereford’s modern, multi-GP Medical Centre is opening a few hundred metres along the road.

The site gives students easy access to the beautiful green space of Churchill Gardens as well as entertainment such as Hereford’s popular Bowling Alley.

For travelling further, afield Station Approach couldn’t be better placed for rail, bus, bike and taxi.

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Station Approach will be run to promote student community and student well-being.

It will have a staffed reception during the day and emergency contact service out of hours.

Individual bedrooms include creative wall-boards to for students to personalise with display of their own work or sources of inspiration.

A year-round events and social programme curated by the Station Approach management team in collaboration with students will support the creative community.

Student reps and HCA staff will be involved in on-going decision making around the campus management.

“It’s been really exciting for me to work with partners who are as committed to supporting the student community and student wellbeing as Cityheart.  We are opening Station Approach to second and third years as well as first years as this reflects our ethos to develop an interconnected college community.  It promotes sociability, collaboration, creativity and supportive behaviour between year groups.  We are also working with Hereford’s new engineering education pioneer NMiTE, and degree students starting their new programme are also invited to apply for rooms in Station Approach.  Creative arts practice and innovative engineering have a great deal in common.  I’m thrilled HCA’s students have this chance to live within the same creative hub and look forward to seeing may creative collaborations emerge.”

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Some of our partners

Development Company Cityheart Partnerships specialises in working with the public sector and has delivered smaller scale Student Accommodation buildings across the UK as well as Healthcare buildings.  It has a strong ethos of working closely with partners and delivering sustainable solutions.  From Director Alastair Gourlay to Operations Manager Sian Evans, Cityheart is as passionate as we are about ensuring students are happy and supported in their residential accommodation.

Engie is one of the UK’s largest energy and services companies with a profound commitment to regeneration, community and placemaking.  Engie is excited to promote student art across the site hoardings as well as the finished building.

Caledonian Modular is a pioneer of offsite building. Our Caledonian designer David Wallace has ‘Art School’ in his DNA and is as happy talking Bauhaus as bathroom fittings with us.

Herefordshire Council is hugely supportive of the development of the Hereford’s historic art school and to further developing Hereford’s international reputation for specialist higher education as well as to making Hereford a sustainable city.  We love it that Chief Executive Alistair Neill comes to visit college on his bicycle.