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The Digi-Tech Factory: Facts and Figures

22nd October 2021 – Tags: Digi-Tech Factory

The Digi-Tech Factory is a striking addition to our Ipswich Road campus – but what’s actually in it?

Here are some facts and figures about the computing technology, the building itself, and its construction.  

  • The Digi-Tech Factory is equipped with £750,000 worth of the latest computer technology.  
    It has 340 PCs and 538 monitors specified for a wide range of digital applications ranging from programming to CAD, architectural design, animation, video editing, and Virtual Reality.  
  • Teaching spaces are fitted with 4K interactive touchscreens, high specification PCs, and double or large screens to suit whichever type of software is likely to be used, and to simulate the working environments where students will eventually be employed. 
  • The ground floor spaces have been dedicated to the practical application of technology in the world of work – with workshops dedicated to electronic control systems (PLCs), break/fix environments for networking, PC maintenance, and infrastructure engineering. 

The Digi-Tech Factory was designed by Coffey Architects, in collaboration with Pro:works, and construction was led by R G Carter Ltd. Key facts:  

  • 2,550 square metres floor space. 
  • 220 tonnes of steel were used in its construction. 
  • 60 miles of digital cabling have been installed in the building 
  • 2 walkways connect the Digi-Tech Factory to our award-winning Creative Arts Building.  
  • 7 former City College Norwich students currently employed by R G Carter Ltd worked on the construction of the Digi-Tech Factory 
  • 4 current construction students gained a combined 1,184 hours of work experience with R G Carter Ltd on site. 

Mario Rackham, Director and General Manager, R G Carter Ltd, said: 

This cutting-edge building symbolises magnificently the forward-thinking and progressive digital study and discovery that will take place within it and we are thrilled to play a part in enhancing and developing the digital skills of people in Norwich and Norfolk.”