New STEM Extension to Markeaton Street comes to life
The University’s latest infrastructure investment is in its final stages of development before opening its doors to students in September this year.
Part funded by a £5 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the new 4,200m² will provide an extension of computer studios and specialist facilities for engineering, technology and computing students.
This facility has been specially designed to enhance applied practical teaching in mechanical, motorsport, manufacturing and civil engineering to support our new MEng programmes, whilst upgrading and extending facilities for electrical and electronics engineering and computer networking.
An accessible roof space provides new opportunities for teaching communications technology and sustainable engineering such as renewable energy system and water harvesting. Nick Antonopoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, said: “Our students will benefit from problem-driven and industry-linked projects, curriculum and learning/teaching methodologies. This will help our students develop the technical and professional skills required for amazing careers after graduation.”
The building has been constructed to meet Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘Very Good’ standard, and the architectural design enhances and complements the landscape between the two buildings.
The extension provides a wide range of high-quality industry standard facilities including:
- A composites manufacturing and materials characterisation centre.
- Additive manufacturing with stereolithographic printer, object manufacturing and multi-jet printing.
- Fluid dynamics facility including a wind tunnel, turbojet, dynometer, vibration and hydraulic equipment.
- Production centre with integrated platforms to support smart factory design.
- Materials test and microscopy centre including testing facilities in fatigue, NDT (non-destructive testing) and surface technology.
- Advanced manufacturing with a range of CNC machine tools and robotics.
- Mechanical testing with engineering science workstations, pneumatics equipment and PLC (Programmable Logic Control) training equipment.
- Double height geotechnics and fluids lab incorporating flumes and soil testing facility.
- Heavy civil engineering structures lab, extensive building materials and concrete testing facilities and land surveying equipment centre.
- Anechoic chamber with full control and monitoring equipment.
- Electronics, computer networking and electrical engineering labs including a manufacturing unit for printed circuit board design and production.
- Modern specialised computer facilities with the latest industry standard software.
- Roof space with PV cell testing, telecommunications and rain harvesting equipment.