University of Plymouth's vision for a new Engineering and Design Facility

A state-of-the-art space to inspire creativity and collaboration on our campus

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Our passion, your future

This new landmark building will be situated on the western edge of our city centre campus, providing a new home for the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics and additional space for the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

The vision is to create an environment that:

  • enables our staff to engage in world-leading research through the use of state-of-the-art resources
  • supports the delivery of forward-looking teaching programmes that attract greater numbers of motivated students, and meet the future needs of UK industries
  • facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations across the University and with industry
  • attracts, retains and inspires talented academic, technical and support staff through the provision of an outstanding working environment.

The building will include large, flexible teaching spaces and innovative teaching and research enabled resources, and social spaces for students and staff.

It will offer enhanced and modern specialist equipment, aligned to staff research and expertise and targeted on activities that support our research focus and enable us to engage with regional industrial partners.

We envisage the new building will open in the summer of 2022.

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“This new building will offer a state-of-the-art setting to inspire the engineers of tomorrow, giving us the ultimate place to bring together students, academics and industry in an environment that not only benefits them but also society as a whole.”

Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

“Plymouth is undergoing something of a creative revolution. It is bringing design and digital innovation to the fore and ensuring the city’s creative sector can offer new opportunities, spaces and skills. This new facility will enhance the University’s place at the forefront of that, and mean we can continue to attract and nurture the design stars of the future.”

Professor Chris Bennewith, Head of the School of Art, Design and Architecture

New facilities

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University features in film celebrating Plymouth’s engineering prowess

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) presents Engineering Plymouth. A film celebrating how civil engineers have helped to shape Plymouth over the last 500 years. The film tells the story of Plymouth through its engineering milestones. From laying the foundations for a new town to the introduction of the Great Western Railway and the impressive Royal Albert Bridge. Through the Blitz bombs and on towards new horizons – robotics, artificial intelligence and the use of drone technology – we see how engineers are tackling problems and safeguarding the future for generations to come. 

Read the full article and watch the video

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Contact us

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Address:

School of Engineering, School Office, Reynolds Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Twitter: @SciEngPlymUni

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SciEnvPlymUni

School of Art, Design and Architecture

Email: artshumadmin@plymouth.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 1752 58502   

Address:

School of Art, Design and Architecture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA.

Twitter: @plymschoolofada

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADAPlymouth