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The Smart Zone

Innovative maker space

Design, create and perfect your craft in dedicated workstations

Latest smart technologies

Step into a digital world with the latest smart tech

Collaboration

Learn, network and create alongside students and industry professionals

Welcome to the Smart Zone – the gateway to next generation technologies.

Be a part of the future of technology in our Smart Zone, a bustling centre of invention, innovation and creation. The area spans over two floors, and houses dedicated workshop space, the latest in digital technology, and high-end computing facilities.

The brand-new £1.3m space is packed with facilities and is the biggest collaboration space on campus, connecting potential with expertise and problems with solutions.

Whether you’re a student, staff, or partner, you can bring your ideas to life using the latest digital and immersive technologies in our unique engineering and maker spaces. No matter what your specialism – whether it be fashion engineering, computing or health – the Smart Zone encourages you to work and learn alongside each other, opening up endless opportunities for the fluid and dynamic use of facilities.

The walkthough

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Ground Floor 

As you enter the Mellor Building on our College Road campus, you’ll be greeted by the dedicated fabrication lab – codenamed: Digital Shed. Where students and partners are constantly working with the latest robotics, sensors and soldering equipment. You’ll also see the inventors of the future working on both small and large-scale projects in dedicated pods, using workbenches, laser cutting and milling tools to create new and innovative products. You’ll also find our state-of-the-art 3D Printing Bureau, where it’s possible to scan, design and manufacture working components.

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First Floor

Enter the Immersive Lounge and step into a digital world. Here you’ll find a high-spec, large capacity computer room, where new software and hardware is constantly being developed and tested. Part of the Immersive Lounge also includes our green screen studio and VIVE equipped VR arcade that can literally plug real-world objects, and even people, into a virtual environment. Keep one-eye on the skies too, as the first floor contains our dedicated indoor drone space – dedicated to the development of camera and flight technology. 

Facilities