A range of specialist facilities are provided within the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment. A suite of computer rooms supports software for design and research, including access to specialist electronic journals and publications, as well as resources provided by lecturers to support their modules.
Surveying technology laboratory
The Department has a well equipped surveying technology laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment and expert support. It has recently purchased 15 industry standard Leica Total Stations and 15 Leica Automatic Levels for student, staff and research use. Students are taught a range of practical skills in surveying and site engineering.
A dedicated project room provides space for students to work on individual and group assignments, together with a range of materials and computer/printing equipment.
R Block studios
R Block studios was designed by a member of the Department and won in 2004 the Royal Fine Art Commission 'Building of the Year' award for Architectural Education. The building was extended in 2010, increasing the number of studio spaces and teaching facilities.
Studio facilities include integrated studios for CAD (Computer Aided Design), model-making and drawing, architectural modelling resources including laser cutters, wood, metal and concrete workshops. There are also facilities for surveying, GIS (Geographical Information System) and spatial analysis, photography, digital imaging, film and sound recording and editing.
Concrete and Environmental Services laboratory
Our Concrete and Environmental Services laboratory has some of the most up to date electronic test equipment for fault detection in concrete structures, as well as a 250 tonne frame press for destructive testing are available in Concrete and Environmental Services laboratory. We also have a hydraulics testing facility with a variety of apparatus for the study of fluid mechanics, including a re-circulating flume.