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Lyth Building

Get to know our Lyth building, a welcoming focal point at our Brackenhurst campus to study, relax, eat and meet friends. Whether you're studying, undertaking research or simply enjoying the outdoors, there's a space for everyone to work, learn and socialise.

Our facilities

Lecture theatre

Our brand new lecture theatre seats up to 200 students, and features retractable seating for flexible teaching approaches and events.

Lyth research laboratory

Research laboratory

Our Lyth research laboratory offers the perfect space for a large multidisciplinary area for research students and staff to perform a variety of experiments and analyses.

As well as the general lab equipment you would expect, we have a Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer for organic chemical analysis, Elemental Analyser for determination of percentages of C,H,N,O and S in materials, plate readers, freeze drier, -80 freezer, water analyser, Tecan Spark plate reader for following chemical reactions and much more.

Lyth geospacial computer room

Geospatial computer laboratory

This 60-seated computer room is the perfect facility for GIS (Geographical information systems). NTU uses ArcGIS, a framework used for gathering, managing, and analysing data. GIS analyses spatial location and organises layers of information into visualisations using maps and 3D scenes.

Other equipment to support GIS includes hand held GPS and differential GPS, tools used for undertaking a range of surveying tasks.

Lyth SCALE-UP room

SCALE-UP teaching room

NTU was the first UK university to introduce SCALE-UP across an extensive range of subjects and is now widely embedded across NTU. That's why we've decided to introduce two new SCALE-UP rooms within the new Lyth building.

SCALE-UP (Student-Centred Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies) is an innovative, active mode of learning which offers an alternative to traditional lectures. In a SCALE-UP class, rather than predominately listening to their lecturers, students learn through solving problems, sharing ideas, giving and receiving feedback, and teaching each other.

Lyth 1:1 tutorial room

Tutorial rooms and staff offices

The building also features several 1-2-1 tutorial rooms and general staff offices, allowing for a multi purpose space for students and staff to engage in interactive learning activities and have interactive discussions.

Lyth refectory

The Refectory

Our new café and dining area, also known as the Refectory, is the latest place for you to go if you fancy grabbing something to eat, or if you need somewhere to relax in between lectures.

The Refectory now offer a click and collect service, simply download the Dill app and start ordering!

Lyth building

Keeping our heritage

The landscaping was specifically aimed at situating the Lyth building within the existing heritage parkland of the hall, and to provide a relaxing environment for staff and students. The building will come to life in the summer when the café will be able to spill out into the landscape, with tables and chairs outside on the paved area. The garden also preserves the heritage of the site, in particular reinstating the avenue of trees along the main drive from the old gates to the hall.

Image gallery

  • Lyth Building - Brackenhurst Campus
  • Lyth Building exterior
  • Lyth Building reception area
  • Lyth Building study space
  • Lyth SCALE-UP room
    Lyth SCALE-UP room
  • Lyth Geospacial computer room
    Lyth Geospacial computer room
  • Lyth research laboratory
    Lyth research laboratory
  • Lecture theatre in Lyth building