Architectural Technology facilities

Our students work with a range of industry-standard facilities across our Architectural Design courses. From the studios to the workshops to the study centre, there is space and resource for everyone to work, learn and develop designs and projects.

Architectural Technology studio

As a BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology student you will have full access to our dedicated studio space, based in our Grade II listed Arkwright building.

You'll share the studio with students from all years to study, share ideas and complete project work.

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Student making models in the workshop

Model making studio

You'll be able to develop your projects in this well-equipped space, facilitated with expert supervision from our workshop technicians.

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Students in our woodwork workshop

Woodwork and metal workshops

You'll be well trained and encouraged to operate the machinery in this fully-equipped workshop. The space is equipped with a CNC lathe, 4 axis miller, waterjet cutter and plasma cutter.

Structural testing equipment

You'll have access to a range of compression and tensile testing machines, up to 100 tonne capacity, which will allow you to undertake a wide range of testing programs. These are supplemented by a suite of small scale testing/experimental rigs. All equipment is calibrated to British standard and also includes access to a range of structures based software including Dr Beam, Dr Frame and Prokon.

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Concrete testing equipment

Concrete laboratory

You'll spend a lot of time in the workshops and learn the importance of concrete testing. Our lab includes concrete batching and strength testing facilities for cubes, prisms and beams.

Surveying equipment store

You'll have the opportunity to use a wide range of surveying equipment such as total stations (reflector-less and robotic) GPS, and levels for class practical sessions and project work.

Software including Geosite, LSS and Topsurv is also available for survey data processing.

Workshop store

You'll have access to this space in your tutorials and for group and individual project work. The space is well-equipped with a range of machinery and used by all students in the School.

Study centre

Based in the Maudslay building, this space is perfect for private study and is equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.

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Our CNC lathe in the Maudslay workshop

CNC lathe

You'll be taught to use this machine for cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, and deformation of metal based materials. You can use this equipment for metalworking, woodturning, metal spinning and thermal spraying.

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Our milling machine at work

CNC 4 axis milling machine

Using a milling machine is one of the most commonly used processes in industry for machining parts to specific sizes and shapes. You'll use our HAAS machine develop and design your projects.

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3D prints made in our machines

3D printers

Produce models and full scale prototypes on the latest model of this medical grade printer. You'll receive training and advice on how to full utilise this fantastic piece of equipment.

Laser cutting machines

You'll be able to work with our large and small format laser cutting machines to progress your designs in a range of materials.

Computer based software

You'll have access to a range of software to aid your project developments:

- Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium CS5 (including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamworks, Acrobat Pro);

- Autodesk Productivity Suite (including AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max Design with VRay);

- Cinema 4D Artlantis, Rhino, Solidworks, Primavera, Vectorworks and Hevacomp; and

- Microsoft Office

Architectural Technology facilities

  • Subject area: Architecture and civil engineering
  • Category: Learning tools and spaces; Teaching facilities

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