Ecohydraulic Laboratory – International Centre for Ecohydraulics Research (ICER)

The University of Southampton currently owns several indoor and outdoor experimental channels based at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. We already have flumes and wave tanks at Highfield and Boldrewood Campuses.

At the new Future Towns Innovation Hub, we currently have one small flume, and we are in the process of having a large flume and a wave tank built.

Many towns are near water or have a river running through them affecting the lives of those living near by. These facilities will focus on identifying the environmental impacts of urbanisation on aquatic environments. The health of our river species, danger of flooding and effects of pollution are all areas of research that could be investigated here.

The site also houses an Anechoic chamber.
The ISVR test chambers are operated by ISVR Consulting, and are well used not only for University research projects, but also for commercial testing and consultancy. For commercial use, contact ISVR Consulting ( The ISVR Consulting website includes further details of the test chambers ( and the laboratory services available (

Water & Environmental Engineering Laboratory – Environment Group | Engineering | University of Southampton

Waste management is vital to the smooth running of towns and this group helps to investigate the use of biological systems for energy production, biomass production for biorefineries and pollution remediation. We have lab facilities to enable research into renewable energy production through anaerobic digestion, Agal Systems and waste management.

Energy Technology Laboratory – FEVER (

FEVER aims to develop and demonstrate a fully grid independent, cost-effective, and socially acceptable, renewables powered electric vehicle charger.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Laboratory – Soton UAV | Home

The global interest in small multi-rotor drones, urban air-taxis and unmanned aerial vehicles is growing rapidly. Experts are currently predicting that the size of this sector is expected to quadruple by 2022. It is now widely accepted that noise is one of the main factors that could limit the public acceptance and adoption of drone technology. These labs can be used to develop this new technology for multiple uses.

Technicians Workshop and Task Room

The Hub also houses a Technicians workshop, fitted out with an array of tools and equipment, including a mill, lathe, pillar drill and band saw. Our task room has a Prusa 3D printer and a laser cutter.