Computing Facilities in the Design Studio Areas

Updated September 2021

The computing areas are within the Stockwell Street Design Studios, they are divided into two areas:

  • 1014 – 20 PCs, closely clustered and in a semi enclosed area so is often booked for classes
  • 1015 and 1016 – 60 PCs / 15 Macs

There are mixed specifications of PCs and iMacs in this area:

PC Workstations

  • HP Z6 Workstations: Intel Xeon W-2102 / 64GB / 8Gb Nvidia Quadro p4000
  • Dell Precision T5810 Workstations : Intel Xeon E5-1650 / 32Gb / 4Gb Nvidia Quadro K2200 / 512GB SSD
  • Dell Precision T7810 : Intel Xeon E3-1241 / 32Gb / 4Gb Nvidia Quadro K2200

Apple iMacs

  • iMac 27 Retina / 16gb x 6 [Late 2014]
  • iMac 27 Retina / 32GB x 4 [Late 2015]

The intention is for this space to be a specialised studio area for students from the School of Design; they are login restricted to just students of this School. There are also a number of large format scanners and plotters with a variety of paper types as well as A3/A4 colour laser printers.

This space is maintained by Phil Hudson who can usually be found in the studio, in the 3rd floor Academic office or ext 9118 or

Please be aware the 1014 spaces is primarily intended for teaching space so is often booked for classes.  During this time the machines are unavailable – please do NOT enter during a class even if you see a free PC there.

Opening Times

Notes on Feeding your Own Paper

There is a dedicated plotter available for feeding your own paper into but please remember that plotting on cut sheets is a far slower process than using the roll plotters –  these plotters do get busy.

Also if you are using your own paper there is no guarantee about the quality of plots – non plotter paper may bleed ink or show the paper’s colour through the ink; if the paper is coated then the ink is unlikely to adhere to it at all. Similarly too thick or too thin paper can jam in the plotter – in short, sheet feed plotting is at your own risk (you will have a much less stressful time if you just use the roll plotters).

More details about the printers / plotters here


The studio provides specialist software which is unavailable or unsupported elsewhere in the University. This includes Geographic Information System (GIS) software, advanced modelling and animation software, video editing and DTP – on both Mac and PC platforms.

Main software installed is:


  • Windows 10 /20H2 – 64 Bit
  • Adobe Master Collection CC 2021
  • Autodesk 2022: Autocad / Revit / 3DS Max / Maya
  • Rhino7 / 64 Bit
  • Sketchup Pro 2021
  • V-Ray 5 for 3DS / Rhino / Sketchup
  • Blender 2.83
  • ArcGIS 10.4.1
  • MS Office 365
  • ZBrush 2021


  • OSX Catalina
  • Adobe Master Collection CC 2021
  • Blender 2.8
  • Sketchup 2021
  • Rhino 7
  • ZBrush 2021
  • MS Office 365

Studio Plotters / Printers

  • 2 x Oce Colourwave 700: Large format : Heavyweight Standard / Inkjet Tracing Paper / Non-woven Wallpaper / Fine Linen / Super Heavyweight Plus Matt
  • Canon TX3000: Sheet Feed Plotter
  • Canon TX3000: High Gloss Plotter
  • Canon MFD A3 / A4 Colour / Mono Printer / Copier

Full printer / plotter resources page

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