Civil and Building Services Engineering

We deliver professionally accredited construction, infrastructure, maintenance and sustainability courses and applied research

We’re a top modern university in London for research in General Engineering (REF 2014), with grants of £4million. Half of all our students study part-time and are employer sponsored.

We have a long history of educating engineering professionals. With roots in London Council School of Building (1904), Brixton School of Building (1940) and the National College for Heating, Ventilating, Refrigeration and Fan Research (1948), we've been delivering professional engineering education for over 100 years.

Specialising in civil and building services engineering allows engineers to utilise their talents in careers that develop complex systems, products and processes to solve useful and practical real-world problems, such as how to keep the underground cool in the most cost-efficient and effective way. The focus is very much kept on customer needs throughout the life cycle of design, testing, manufacturing, installation, operation, monitoring and future planning.

All of our individual course entries have specialist careers information. Search our courses and download our Careers in Engineering Guide (PDF File 3,650 KB).

Accreditations

Employers actively look for graduates with accredited degrees. You'll find that all of our degrees are accredited by or developed in partnership with all the leading professional accrediting bodies. These essential relationships allow our students to graduate with internationally and professionally recognised qualifications – vital for their future careers.

Building services engineering

Our graduates work in the design, construction and consulting sectors, as well as in maintenance and facilities management. From the very start of the building design, engineers are involved helping architects and other members of the design team to get the size, shape and configuration of the building right. They determine strategies for designing energy efficient buildings, making them sustainable in the long term. Find out more about careers in building service engineering.

Civil engineering

Through infrastructure projects, civil engineers make a difference to people's lives. They provide a water supply or road network, refurbish buildings, redevelop inner city areas or work on prestige projects like Crossrail. Graduates meet the diverse challenges of structural, highway and transportation, water, public health and geotechnical branches of civil engineering to make improvements and create solutions. Find out more about careers in civil engineering.

We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses (HNC, HND, BSc, BEng, MSc) in civil and building services engineering and related fields, such as acoustics. Courses carry professional accreditation. The School of Built Environment and Architecture is respected by the building industry and many of our students study on a part-time basis, sponsored by their employer.

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The Institute of Acoustics certificate course is for technical and scientific staff, whose employment requires them to gain a working knowledge of noise or vibration measurement. Short course, 5 days full-time.

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The Building Service Engineering Site Management Apprenticeship includes a degree qualification in Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons) and a qualification leading towards Incorporated Engineer status.

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The Building Services Design Engineering Apprenticeship includes a degree qualification in Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons) and a qualification leading towards Incorporated Engineer status.

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Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Energy Institute, this BEng degree course is the first step to Chartered Engineer status.

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The Civil Engineering Apprenticeship includes a degree qualification in Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) and a qualification leading towards Chartered Civil Engineer status.

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Accredited by the Engineering Council, this course is the first step to becoming a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer. Course offered on a full-time, sandwich and part-time basis.

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Approved by the JBM for Engineering Technician (EngTech) Status, this course is for those working in civil engineering and seeking to extend their technical education.

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The Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship includes an HNC in Civil Engineering and will teach you the skills required to achieve Technician status.

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BTEC Higher National Diploma, accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute. Delivered on a full-time or part-time day-release basis.

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The Institute of Acoustics Diploma provides sufficient specialist academic training to satisfy the educational requirements for Membership of the Institute of Acoustics.

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The Building Services Technician Apprenticeship includes an HNC in Building Service Engineering and a qualification leading towards Incorporated Engineer status.

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Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering and the Energy Institute, this Masters course is available on a part-time and full-time basis.

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Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as meeting the further learning required for Chartered Engineer Status. This is the broadest of our three postgraduate Civil Engineering courses.

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Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and the Institute of Acoustics, this acoustics masters is a step towards Chartered Engineer Status. Study full-time or part-time.

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Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators for Chartered Engineer Status. This advanced postgraduate course covers structural analysis, design and structural computing. Offered full-time and part-time.

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A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. Offered full-time and part-time.

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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.

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Take a virtual tour of the thermodynamics and strength of materials laboratories.

Thermodynamics and strength of materials lab tour

Facilities case studies

  • CEREB

    Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

    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.

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    Acoustics Laboratories

    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.

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    Digital Architecture Robotic Lab (DARLab)

    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.

  • floor plan model

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    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.

  • Student in Design Studio

    Constructionarium for civil engineers

    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.

Dr Amer Ali

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7348

Dr Ali specialises in Traffic and Highway Engineering.


Dr Issa Chaer

Job title: Director of Research and Enterprise
Telephone: 020 7815 7149

Dr Issa Chaer has over 15 years of work experience in the Higher Education sector and is currently working at London South Bank University as Director of Enterprise for the School of The Built Environment and Architecture.


Navpreet Chohan

Job title: Lecturer in Building Information Modelling
Telephone: 020 7815 7240

Navpreet is lecturer in the Division of Construction, Property and Surveying, School of the Built Environment and Architecture.


Prof. Stephen Dance

Job title: Professor of Acoustics
Telephone: 020 7815 7672

Steve is a Reader in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture, with particular interests in music and acoustics, PA systems, urban wind turbines, vocal stress and speech intelligibility.


Dr Nathan Darroch

Job title: Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Dr Nathan Darroch is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering, specialising in railway-based systems.


Prof. Andy Ford

Job title: Professor of Building Systems Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7160

Andy is passionate about low energy design and innovation. Having run his own successful Consulting Engineering practice for many years he is now focused on the next generation.


Yunting Ge

Job title: Professor of Building Services Engineering

Professor Yunting Ge joined London South Bank University in July 2020 as a Professor of Building Service Engineering in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture.


Dr Aaron Gillich

Job title: Acting Head of Division, MSc Building Services Engineering and MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
Telephone: 020 7815 7194

Dr Aaron Gillich is a Acting Head of Division for MSc Building Services Engineering and MSc Sustainable Energy Systems.


Dr Luis Gomez-Agustina

Job title: Director of the Institute of Acoustics Diploma and Certificate courses; Senior Lecturer in Acoustics
Telephone: 020 7815 7367

Luis is an acoustician and academic with a research and development background. His areas of expertise are architectural acoustics, noise control, building and room acoustics, environmental noise, acoustic simulation, revision and creation of acoustic design guidelines. His current research interests are in office and performance spaces acoustics, sustainable acoustic design and improvement of quality of life through the acoustic environment.


Carlos Gonzalo

Job title: Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7623

Carlos Gonzalo is a Senior lecturer in both Civil and Building Services Engineering of the School of Built Environment and Architecture.


Dr Rusdy Hartungi

Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7197

Rusdy's teaching focuses on electrical building services engineering and lighting. He is Course Director for the BSc (Hon) Building Services Engineering.


Dr Timothy Hong

Job title: Reader
Telephone: 020 7815 7602

Timothy joined London South Bank University in September 2009 and has more than 25 years' experience as both an academic researcher and practical engineer.


Dr Ivana Kraincanic

Job title: Senior Lecturer in CD-BSc Civil Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7187

Ivana has extensive knowledge of flexible offshore pipelines, oil platforms, offshore wind turbines, concrete structures, steel fibre reinforced concrete, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.


Simon Leung

Job title: Senior Lecturer in Structural Design
Telephone: 020 7815 7649

Simon Leung is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Design within the School of Built Environment and Architecture. He brings in experience from the industry as a practising structural engineer and offers insights to next generation of engineers.


Dr Héctor Ulises Levatti López

Job title: Senior Lecturer: Structural Analysis, Design and Geotechnics, Division of Civil and Building Services
Telephone: 020 7815 7679

Dr Héctor Ulises Levatti is currently a Senior Lecturer in Structural Analysis, Design and Geotechnics at LSBU


Dr Vireen Limbachiya

Job title: Acting Head of Civil Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7681

Dr Vireen Limbachiya is a Senior lecturer in Civil Engineering and works in the School of Built Environment and Architecture.


Dr Esmail Mahmoudi Saber

Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7515

Dr Esmail Mahmoudi Saber is interested in practical contexts of fluid mechanics and heat transfer in engineering disciplines and he conducted extensive research on application of these concepts in building systems.


Dr Maria Mavroulidou

Job title: Reader of Geotechnics
Telephone: 020 7815 7646

Dr Mavroulidouis a Reader of Geotechnics at LSBU with previous research employments at NTU-Athens, the University of Surrey and Imperial College, London.


Dr Finian McCann

Job title: Senior Lecturer in Civil and Building Services Engineering

Dr Finian McCann is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering of the School of the Built Environment and Architecture.


Dr David McGovern

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7658

Dr David J. McGovern is a Senior Lecturer in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University (LSBU).


Dr Alex Paurine

Job title: Acting Head of Division (Building Services Engineering)
Telephone: 020 7815 7604

Alex is a Senior Research Fellow & Sessional Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering.


Dr Rabee Shamass

Job title: Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7118

Dr Rabee Shamass is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering in the Division of Civil Engineering and Building Services.


Prof. Bridget Shield

Job title: Emeritus Professor of Acoustics; Visiting Professor

Bridget's research interests include the acoustic design of schools and its impact on pupils and teachers. She became the first female President of the Institute of Acoustics when she was appointed to this role in 2012.


Dr Zhihui Ye

Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for MSc Building Services Engineering (Distance Learning)
Telephone: 020 7815 7131

Zhihui is a building service engineer. She has particular interests in energy and the indoor environment.


Dr Metkel Yebiyo

Job title: Lecturer in Building Services Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7526

Dr Metkel Yebiyo is a Lecturer in the Building Services Engineering Division in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture.


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