Tour In Person

Site Visit - The new School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science

by CIOB Hemel Hempstead

Event details

  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
  • 07 June 2023
  • 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM BST

Event fees

CIOB Member





2:45pm Arrival for 3pm start.

Join CIOB Hemel as we look at the The new School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science (SPECS) Building at the University of Hertfordshire

This major project will result in the largest single building at the University and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2024. The construction of the building is being majority funded by the University of Hertfordshire as a major part of its 2030 Estates Vision.

The SPECS Building will be a vital tool in continuing to deliver skills and experience to business, communities and providing world-changing research and graduates. It will be a community asset, showcasing the best in innovation and sustainability and allowing everyone to experience the University’s work first-hand.

The striking, steel framed building will be grouped across four separate internal houses divided by a central atrium.

Modern methods of construction and off-site manufacturing will be utilised to deliver high-quality sustainable solutions as the building aims for a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating as part of the University’s Climate Vision goals. This will include delivering on water reduction, biodiversity, carbon management and air quality commitments.

This will be a versatile, multi-purpose, adaptable building that will provide the space needed to work effectively with modern tools and facilities. Set over five floors and extending beyond 15,000m2, it will enable better research, teaching, collaboration and innovation, whilst championing accessibility, sustainability and connectedness. The multi-purpose building will provide sector-leading facilities for staff, students and business including large Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) spaces, workshops and laboratories as well as flexible teaching and learning environments. The finished development will drive the institution’s renowned research and commercial capabilities further.

All CIOB members/ non-members attending this site visit must have a hard hat, protective shoes, hi-vis, glasses and gloves.

Site visit Itinerary: TBC closer to the time

This site visit will be run by the University of Hertfordshire.

If you are a CIOB member, make a note of your reflections after this session and record your CPD points. CIOB’s revised CPD policy asks members to focus on the ethical aspects of any learning they undertake. Today’s site visit, once reflected can get you 2 CPD points.


University Of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB

Once visitors have arrived you will need to walk up the Boulevard past main reception to car park H that has been handed over to Morgan Sindall for their site compound.

There are signs on the hoarding directing visitors to their entrance.


The campuses are close to junction 3 of the A1(M). The campus entrance is signposted from J3 A1(M), postcode for sat nav use is AL10 9AB.


Visitors should park in either car park C or E (see image at the bottom.)

You will need to register on Hozah the parking system will then charge automatically for parking if they are on site for more than 2 hours . Can download this on your phone as an app too.

Nearest train stations

There are fast and frequent trains from London Kings Cross to Hatfield train station and St Albans train station directions can be found using the National Rail Journey Planner.

From Hatfield and St Albans station buses frequently run to campus.

Bus Services

From Hatfield Train station

Bus 614/602 - Stop 3

From St Albans Train station

Bus 602/301 - Stop A (College Lane and de Havilland)

If you are travelling by bus, please visit the Uno website for timetable information.

View Uno bus timetable information.


Paige Frith

Member Services and Events Coordinator - Hemel

[email protected]