A newly commissioned workshop is also located on the second floor of the Bute Building amongst the range of studios. This is equipped with several bench mounted electrical tools including 2 belt sanders, 2 disc sanders, 2 bandsaws, a scroll saw and a pillar drill. A number of portable electric tools include 3 drills, a belt sander, orbital sander, planer and router. All these items of equipment may be used by students after induction by the workshop Craftsman and a short period of training, which includes specific training in health and safety. One of the main effects of the introduction of the workshop is that the number of reported accidents has dropped from 5 in 2003 to 1 in 2004. There is also a professional combination woodworking machine for use by the workshop Craftsperson only, for some of the more heavy duty project work required by students.
This is available from 9:00am - 5:00pm as workshop activities have to be supervised and controlled under health and safety requirements. However, prior to end of year hand-ins, it will be staffed for longer hours, according to demand.
Across the corridor is a specially ventilated spray-booth and next door to this is a model testing facility with a mirror sky and heliodon. All this is on 24 hour access to students.