Marine Building

Opened in 2012, the Marine Building is an unmatched facility that is used to create waves more than one metre high, exchange knowledge for business innovation and growth, create renewable energy solutions and help the world adapt to climate change.

It’s home to the Coastal Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratories, the Marine Navigation Centre, the Marine Innovation Centre and our multidisciplinary Marine Institute.

The COAST Laboratory

The COAST (Coastal, Ocean And Sediment Transport) laboratory provides physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering. 

This is a flexible facility with the capability to generate short and long-crested waves in combination with currents at any relative direction, sediment dynamics, tidal effects and wind. 

The facility is closely aligned with the COAST Engineering Research Group

Find out more about the COAST Laboratory

Marine Navigation Centre 

With its combination of dedicated systems and flexible teaching space, the Marine Navigation Centre aims to meet the needs of the maritime world. 

From learning how to navigate super tanks or superyachts, to providing professional development courses tailored to specific organisations. 

The University already delivers contracts to international shipping companies and marine support organisations, which when coupled with its water-borne assets and proximity to the sea, provide a first-class combination for education.

Find out more about the Marine Navigation Centre

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Sustainably constructed

The Marine Building is an example of sustainable construction whilst housing cutting-edge facilities for marine research – which in itself will include renewable energy research.

  • The building uses the sun's energy to heat hot water via solar thermal hot water technology.
  • Harvested rainwater supplies the toilets.
  • The building has low energy LED lighting and lighting sensors – reducing energy use from lighting.

Learn more about our sustainable campus and construction

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