Students using the CVTR Lab

The Lab

The Creative and Virtual Technologies Lab is a multidisciplinary research environment where architects, artists, designers, engineers, computer scientists and human scientists collaborate to explore the potential of new visualisation techniques and digital design models and processes. This will enhance the quality of our products in a sustainable way meeting user expectations. 

Our aims are to:

  • create an interdisciplinary and exploratory digital-led research environment
  • develop innovative digital solutions to answer challenges faced by industry and the community
  • support research informed teaching.


The lab is equipped with cutting-edge technologies including: visualisation technologies (augmented reality, virtual reality), tracking systems, human computer interaction systems, audio devices and BIM/3D modelling/rendering software.


  • 20 networked workstations
  • VR suite
  • Mixed reality suite
  • Display technologies (3D animation, holographic display, Zspace table, interactive screens, rear projection screen)
  • HD video conferencing room
  • Audio systems


  • Visualisation/rendering software (Navisworks, Atlantis, Maya)
  • Advanced modelling/parametric modelling software (Rhino/Grasshopper, Generative component, Cinema4D, 3Ds Max)
  • Image and video editing systems (Photoshop, Adobe Premiere)
  • Building simulation systems (Ecotect, Bentley Tas simulation)
  • BIM software (Microstation, Revit, AutoCAD)
  • Open source games (Unity 3D)


Contact us

  • Creative and Virtual Technologies
    Research Lab

    Maudslay Building
    Nottingham Trent University
    NG1 4BU
  • +44 (0)115 848 2313

The Team

Meet the CVTR Lab Team

Meet the team