We enhance students’ experience of civil and building services engineering with equipment-rich facilities. As the field expands into both applied science and engineering, there are many opportunities for students to develop their skills in the workshop, specialist £2.8 million sustainability centre, acoustic laboratory, digital robotics lab and Building Information Modelling Centre.
Our facilities for materials research are extensive and include sophisticated equipment for growing engineering coatings and functional thin films for devices such as solar cells. They support sophisticated characterisation techniques, including electron and atomic force microscopies and nanohardness testing that can probe materials at the nanoscale.
Take a virtual tour of the thermodynamics and strength of materials laboratories.
Facilities case studies
This unique resource supports the teaching, research and demonstration of low carbon energy technologies in the built environment. With our Flexible Climate Simulator we're testing and developing new techniques and systems. It allows us to construct full-scale and scaled environments to better understand climatic influence and be capable of controlling strict environmental conditions.
A rare find in London, our anechoic and reverberation chambers are key pieces of equipment in acoustic and environment testing work. Both chambers can be used for simulating idealised acoustic conditions for researching a number of noise phenomena: sound power determination, binaural recordings, measuring source directivity, the testing of hearing protectors and the demonstration of fundamental acoustic principles.
This advanced digital manufacturing robotic lab is designed for high-quality research, as well as developing commercial applications for architecture. This is achieved by using an industrial robotic arm in combination with quick change plates, which are able to easily modify the configuration of cells depending on the process to be applied.
BIM is an approach to managing and planning every aspect of design and operation in the construction process in a better, more efficient way to improve the basis upon which the construction industry and its clients operate. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector.
The Constructionarium is a national learning facility created for civil engineering undergraduates to gain a practical site experience. Spread over six days, the Constructionarium allows students to develop practical skills and establish working links with industry.
Accessing our facilities
Facilities, students and staff feature regularly in our knowledge transfer and consultation activities with industry. Read more about how the School works with business at LSBU.
LSBU experts conclude that Heliport noise could be a danger to health
14 August 2018
Product Design students deliver creative Airlander concepts
3 May 2018
Enterprising solutions for a low carbon built environment presented at CIBSE conference 2018
25 April 2018
LSBU supports Southwark Council’s successful bid to regenerate Walworth heritage
12 January 2018
Thomas’ success proves Asperger’s is no barrier in academia
29 November 2017
LSBU leads by example in tackling sustainability challenges
22 November 2017
Mayor of London certifies LSBU a healthy place to work
15 November 2017
Discover the Changing Face of Elephant & Castle at LSBU
14 November 2017
LSBU awards six honorary graduates and fellows
10 November 2017