Wednesday, 6 December 2017


Queries have started coming in, so here are our Christmas break opening hours:

Friday 15th December 16:00 - Thursday 4th January 09:00 CLOSED

Thursday 4th January - Friday 12th January 09:00 - 16:00

Monday 15th January - Wednesday 17th January 09:00 - 16:30

Thursday 18th January - Normal operating hours will resume

During the break we will be having a thorough clear out and tidy up. Anything that is not stored on racking AND clearly labelled to keep until next term (January 15th 2018) will be recycled, reused or disposed of.

Help us to keep your area clean by clearing out both your wanted and unwanted items before 4:00pm Friday 15th December.

Please place all reusable materials on the recycling racks, the storage racking is for models in progress only due to the limited space!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Welcome to the new academic year 2017/18

We'd like to give a big welcome to all new students and those returning for another academic year!

Over the coming weeks things will be picking up and the machine shop inductions dates are now up.
We have some extra machine shop inductions for the Live Projects on the 2nd & 4th of October to get you going on your new projects.

What's new at the workshop?

Over the summer we have been busy upgrading the machine shop.

Hegner Multicut Quick Scrollsaw
Mobile Bench with 2 x Hegner Multicut 1 & Extraction
We have 2 brand new Hegner Multicut Quick Scrollsaw's built into a table with integrated dust extraction.
It's a great improvement over our previous scrollsaw.
This is great for fine detail work in wood and acrylic. Has a large throat capacity and able to do angled cuts. It also has a really quick and simple mechanism for removing the blade to enable easy internal cuts.

Axminster BS11 Bandsaw

A bandsaw which is great for cutting smaller materials. Can be easily set up to do angled cuts.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Stuart & Rob

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Workshop Closure Wednesday 5th July

The Workshop will be CLOSED all day on Wednesday 5th July 2017.

Staff will be undertaking training so will not be available on site

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Thank You!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Summer clear out

We please request that anything you want to keep that is still in the workshops be removed by 12:00pm  Monday 19th June

Anything left after this time will be treated as waste and dealt with accordingly.
by 12:00pm Monday 19th June

Help us to keep your area clean by clearing out both your wanted and unwanted items NOW!

Workshop opening

Thanks to a successful exhibition set up, the workshop will be opening from 11am today.

The lasers will also be open and bookable as usual.

Good luck with your set up.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Exhibition week (12.06 - 16.06)

Preliminary plans are for the workshop to be closed the week leading up to the exhibition.

This is to allow staff to fabricate new structures and set up boards.If everything runs smoothly we will be able to re-open, but please do not leave anything important for this week.

I strongly advise any model making or base fabrication that you need for the exhibition is done next week!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Please be aware that the workshop will be closed for the morning of 30th of May to facilitate the 6th Year exam set up.

We plan to re-open at 14:00. If not I will update here, so please check before coming down!

Laser bookings have been temporarily blocked and will be released before opening.

Monday, 15 May 2017

In order to set up for 6th year examinations we are running altered opening hours next week.

Please organise yourself accordingly.

Workshop Hours Monday 22nd - Friday 26th May:

Monday        08:30 - 12:30   13:30 - 15:30
Tuesday       08:30 - 12:30   13:30 - 15:30
Wednesday  08:30 - 12:30
Thursday      08:30 - 12:30 
Friday           08:30 - 12:30    

This applies to ALL facilities and rooms at the George Porter Workshops.

If you require a drill or toolkit to use at the Arts Tower, please collect one in advance of closures.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Machine shop closure

Due to staff training, the Machine shop will be CLOSED on :

Wednesday 5th April.

All other areas will be open as usual.

Monday, 30 January 2017

It's a boy!

Lets all wish Laura a huge congratulations on the birth of her son!

Wishing you joy, happiness and plenty of wonderful moments together.

Well done!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Workshop Closure

The George Porter Workshops will be closed due to staff training:

Tuesday 24th January
Wednesday 25th January
Thursday 26th January

Hand tools and drill kits will be available from the Arts Tower Print unit.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Thank You!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Temporary opening hours

From now until Wednesday 1st February 09:00 - 16-30

Please note that until Wednesday 1st Feb, the workshop will offer a limited service due to staff leave. As some of you may be aware Laura is expecting a baby and is now on maternity leave.

A new member of staff (Robert) will be joining the team to help out whilst Laura is off.

We will go back to normal opening from Wednesday 1st February.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New computers @ George Porter Studios

We have now installed 4 new computers in the studio at George Porter for you to use when at the workshops, this should be great for getting laser cutting files ready or viewing documents and plans in support of model making.