Making Facilities

The main fabrication workshop is fully equipped with woodworking hand-tools, and power tools as listed below:

  • Workshop machinery: 3-axis CNC router 1220mm x 2440mm bed, tilting arbour saws, wood lathes, metal lathe, band saws, morticer, planer thicknesser, bench grinder, bench drills, horizontal borer, bench mounting disc sander, belt linisher, panel saw. Spindle moulder and four sided planer (only operated by workshop staff).
  • Portable electric tools: Jigsaws, cordless drills, palm sander, belt sander, router, grinder, heat gun, pistol drills, plaster board driver, fret saw. Electric plane, biscuit jointer, circular saw, gas nail gun (under instruction only).

There are around 12 workbenches.  We generally limit use of the workshop to 16 students.

For specific inquiries about the workshop equipment, please contact Charlie Corry Wright at Hooke Park.

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The ‘Big Shed’ Assembly Workshop provides a covered space of about 4oosqm for larger construction-scale work.  The building has sliding access doors and the interior can be accessed using Hooke Park’s telehandler.

The Assembly Workshop has 3-phase power, pneumatic compressor and portable dust extraction.  A tower scaffold is available for working at height. The building also houses our Stena re-saw and, from autumn 2014, the Kuka robot arm.

The Assembly Workshop space is available to visiting groups by prior arrangement as the space is often being used for Design & Make project work.

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Hooke Park’s WoodMizer sawmill is able to reduce tree trunks to rectangular section timber, allowing Hooke Park trees to be used in projects.

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The robotic fabrication cell is being installed in Autumn 2014.  Centred on a Kuka KR-150 robot with 2.7m reach carrying a router head, the facility will be used for timber fabrication and other research projects.

Living Facilities

Westminster Lodge dormitory accommodates 16 people in eight rooms each with two single beds, a toilet, shower and wash basin. A further eight foldout camp beds are available for short visits. There is a large communal room with a wood-burning stove.

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Food at Hooke Park is provided in its refectory and cooked in the kitchen managed by Georgie Corry Wright. Most of the ingredients come from the kitchen garden or farmers in the local area, and the food is generally vegetarian to be inclusive to a broad range of diets. On some evenings, when the refectory kitchen takes a break, there is a barbecue and pizza oven for groups to use and historic village pubs nearby.

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Hooke Park Facilities

Hooke Park is open for groups of AA students to visit with their tutors. Bookings are made online by tutors on a first-come, first-served basis.